Transgender Community Deserves ENDA Protections

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The Transgender Community deserves Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) protections

thWhy the House and Senate are so Different? Have you noticed that hot button topic bills are often debated and voted on by the House in a day or two, while the Senate’s deliberations on the same bill will take weeks or tabled by the majority. Again, this reflects the Founding Fathers’ intent that the House and Senate not be cookie cutters on their respective bills. By making differences in both the House and Senate, they assured that all legislation would be carefully considered, taking both the short or long-term effects into account.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In most of our lives we heard the “I have a dream” speech from the late Rev. Martin Luther King jr. Change came about through mass numbers that stood together to challenge the norm and became a part of the protected class. There was so much pressure that the longest continuous debate in Senate history took place over the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

LGBTQ individuals need to have the same workplace protections that apply to the other protected classes based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability. In reality it is legal to fire or refuse to hire someone based on their sexual orientation in 29 states. Those who are trans* can be fired or denied employment solely based on their gender identity in 33 states. There are a few added protections based on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) but that also is limited in scope to many employers.

It is sad to say that with one word or a diagnosis we can take a person that is protected by the law and in a blink of the eye be striped of every bit of that protection. We are living in 2015 are we not? Stand up and be counted. It truly is the turning point in our history, our walk on Washington. We as a community have had enough and want the decimation to stop today!

We need to come together and show that the community has suffered enough from discrimination. We have had enough of loosing our jobs to discrimination. We have had enough of unfair health care discrimination. We have had enough of being excluded from medical procedures. It truly is time to strike while the fire is hot. Phone, write, email or fax your local Congress or Senator and tell them you have had enough and want them to pass the original intent of the ENDA bill which was to end this currently legal discrimination.

A update on the home front supporter fight March 2015

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  1. I strongly feel that Transgender should already be protected as any discrimination against a transgender individual is a result of the difference between their birth sex and outward gender presentation. The EEOC should use this as the basis of asserting that Transgender is already a protected class. That being said it would not hurt if that fact was made clearer by including it specifically in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

  2. I see a key to winning our rights is in stopping the re-active nature of the community and becoming a more pro-active voice.

    The proverbial brass ring is there now within reach.

  3. I believe the most important thing our community have to do in order to sway the culture into accepting people who don’t conform to stringent gender rules is to be as out and proud as we can be while still maintaining a level of safety. When we are invisible the negative stereotypes promoted by those who oppose our existence are far too successful in filling the void. We need to loudly claim our humanity and our rights to be treated with the same dignity and respect the cisgender community expects for themselves as a matter of course.

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