Fight Brewing Over ENDA

September 27, 2007 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

The Washington Blade is reporting that some Democrats in the House of Representatives are considering removing transgender protections from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

House Democratic leaders are strongly considering dropping anti-discrimination protections for transgender persons from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, after an internal Democratic head count on Wednesday found that the bill would likely be defeated if it included the trans provision, multiple sources familiar with the bill said.

The current version of the bill calls for banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, terms that are defined in the measure to include gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons.

Removing gender identity and expression from ENDA is unacceptable. It is unconscionable that members of Congress are not willing to even go on the record as saying that all Americans have a right to work.

If the Democrats remove trans inclusive language from ENDA, this will be yet another Democratic punk out following their inability to make progress on ending the war in Iraq, restoring habeas corpus, and reforming FISA.

Contact Rep. Nancy Pelosi at (202) 225-0100 and let her know that this is not okay.

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Entry filed under: Advocacy, Congress, Democrats, LGBT, Politics.

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