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For those who are not "in the know" about the recent showdown in the LGBT community over whether or not ENDA will include the transgender community, it's been quite the adventure over the past week. I'm very proud to be doing my part. As my friends and loved ones, I'm on my knees asking for your help on this one. We have one week to get enough votes in the House to keep ENDA inclusive. If you've never called your representative before, do so now. If you've already expressed your support for ENDA, call again and specify that you only support ENDA that includes transgender people. Please.
Last week, leadership in the House of Representatives announced they were moving forward with a nondiscrimination bill that would not have protections for transgender people. The outcry from the LGBT community was united, and intense. I am very proud to work for an organization that took a clear and unamibguous position from the beginning, and I'm proud to be personally involved in the effort to keep ENDA fully inclusive (I'll blog more about that later). We stood together and said we would rather have no ENDA than a bill that left some of us behind.
You changed the course of Congress. On Monday, the House leadership announced that the committee vote that was scheduled for this week was postponed. But that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet. We need to make sure that every single member of Congress has heard from constituents, urging him/her to support a transgender-inclusive ENDA. We also need to make the specific request: oppose any effort to weaken the bill, including by stripping or modifying any of the transgender protections.
Call your Representative TODAY at (202) 224-3121 and ask him/her to "support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), H.R. 2015, as originally introduced – a fully inclusive bill that provides workplace protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual, AND transgender individuals."
If your Representative says s/he supports the bill or is a cosponsor, please follow up with:
"Thank you. I urge you to fully support ENDA (H.R. 2015) as introduced, and to OPPOSE any effort to weaken the bill, including by stripping or modifying any of the transgender protections."
ENDA Must Contain Explicit Protections for Gender Identity