Thursday, November 5, 2009

ENDA Hearing in DC Today

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is holding a hearing this morning on the pending Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). I've written to my two US Senators, Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez, this morning even though neither of them sits on the Committee (see letter below).

I urge my friends to please contact their senators, particularly if they sit on the Committee, to support passage of ENDA. A list of the Senators on the Committe is on the left side of this link. While those of us working in companies with explicit non-discrimination policies or living in states with non-discrimination laws on the books may not fear being fired for being gay, lesbian or transgendered, far too many Americans do not have that peace of mind. In particular, transgendered individuals are at special risk, with more than a third of transgendered people having experienced discrimination in the work place. Non-discrimination is good for business as it attracts and retains the best talent and it is the right thing to do. It's about fairness.

Below is the letter I have written to my two Senators:
As the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions holds a hearing this morning on pending legislation to ban employment and other discrimination against lesbian, gay and transgendered individuals, I'd like to take this opportunity to express my strong support for passage of ENDA.

I hope, Senator, that my partner and I can count not only on your support should a bill come to a vote in the Senate, but that you will urge your colleagues in the Committee as well as out of the Committee to support passage of ENDA.

As a resident of New Jersey and an employee of a company that has a nondiscrimination policy, I am aware of the fact that while I enjoy relative peace of mind, so many Americans elsewhere do not. I very much wish to see all Americans throughout our country be able to go to work without fear that their employer will fire them for their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Thank you.

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