Barney Frank is stepping up his rhetoric in favor of a stripped ENDA, and HRC is virtually standing by his side.
We must act now to show the broad support for a United ENDA! A decision could be made in the next 24 hours. If you haven't taken one minute to call, please do it now. It's easy! 202-224-312 HR2015 and nothing else.
we'll be protected by our government, the good news is that Barney Frank's divisive ENDA strategy has galvanized the queer community and sparked a long overdue discussion about gender identity and expression.
Take Action This Week! Call your Representative right now at 202-224-3121, even if you have already called him/her already about this issue. Tell him/her to oppose advancing H.R. 3685, the bill that leaves transgender people behind. Tell him/her to push for a vote on H.R. 2015, the transgender-inclusive ENDA, instead.Talking Points:
- It is unprecedented for Congress to pass civil rights legislation that is not supported by a single organization in the community the law is supposed to protect. Over 300 LGBT organizations representing over 2 million Americans actively oppose any employment nondiscrimination legislation that does not include gender identity.
- HR 3685 does NOT provide sufficient protection against discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Not only does this bill completely fail to protect transgender people, but it also fails to protect lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and straight people who do not conform to gender stereotypes.
- HR 3685 is morally and strategically wrong. Not only is it morally wrong to leave part of the LGBT community out of this bill, but it is also strategically wrong. We have learned from our work in the states that it is far easier to include gender identity in civil rights legislation the first time it is passed than it is to try to go back and add it in later.