CALL TO ACTION – Tell Congress to Support the Original ENDA
Michelangelo Signorile Show predicted today that there will be a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the next ten days. There has been a debate as to whether community members should support a bill that does not include ‘gender identity.’ Regardless of where people stand on this issue, an bill passed by the House with ‘gender identity’ protections would be ideal.
Stonewall Democrats, the national LGBT organization for Democrats, has launched a community-wide campaign to keep ‘gender identity’ protection in the bill.
The campaign, Accept No Substitutes, a parody of Splenda, the artificial sweetener, asks visitors to sign a petition “to tell Congress to support the original ENDA and accept no substitutes!.”
Discrimination isn’t sweet. Congress has the chance to pass HR 2015, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect Americans from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Now a substitute bill has been introduced as HR 3685, which would not stop discrimination based on gender identity. Removing gender identity from ENDA would leave an artificial aftertaste. Not only would the substitute bill leave some working Americans behind, it would also create divisions among Democrats and fair-minded advocates.
Let’s help Congress continue to build support for the original ENDA. The well-intended substitute just won’t do.
Sign the petition to tell Congress to support the original ENDA and accept no substitutes!
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