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The Recent ENDA Hearing & What it Means to the LGBT Community

June 16, 2012

Folks it’s ridiculous that my employment hinges on who I choose to love… It’s time this country wake up and accept that LGBT people are first class citizens and deserve the rights and privileges of other Americans

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

by Judi Baker | On June 12, 2012, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA is federal legislation banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

ENDA has been introduced in every Congress, except one, since 1994.  In 2009, a transgender-inclusive version of ENDA was introduced by Rep. Barney Frank. He introduced the bill again in 2011, and Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced it in the Senate. In April, 2012, President Obama decided not to sign an executive order prohibiting LGBT discrimination among federal contractors, citing that he wanted to focus on constructing and passing a comprehensive, nation-spanning Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

At this time, there are no comprehensive federal employment protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. As shown by this map created by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), our rights as LGBT people…

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