ENDA October 1 Letter

United opposition to sexual-orientation-only nondiscrimination legislation

October 1, 2007

Dear Madam Speaker and Representatives:
The undersigned represent the vast and celebrated diversity of the LGBT community in this country. Some of us are national leaders of organizations with tens of thousands of members and constituents, some of us run the only local organization in our state. But we are united in a common cause: We ask you to keep working with us on an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that protects everyone in our community, and to oppose any substitute legislation that leaves some of us behind.

We ask and hope that in this moment of truth, you will stand for the courage real leadership sometimes demands. You each command enormous respect from all of us and we do appreciate the difficulty of balancing a variety of competing demands. But the correct course in this case and on this legislation is strikingly clear. We oppose legislation that leaves part of our community without protections and basic security that the rest of us are provided.

You told us you supported a fully inclusive ENDA and would bring it up for a vote this year. We expect that you will honor that commitment and we look forward to working together to pass a bill that we can all be proud to support.


National Organizations
National Association of LGBT Community Centers
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Coalition for LGBT Health
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
National Education Association's Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Caucus
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc.
National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
National Lesbian and Gay Law Association
National Sexuality Resource Center
National Stonewall Democrats
National Student Genderblind Campaign
National Transgender Advocacy Coalition
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Advocates for Youth
ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Al-Fatiha Foundation for LGBTIQ Muslims
The American Federation of Teachers Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Caucus
American Institute of Bisexuality
American Veterans For Equal Rights
Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
Atticus Circle
Bi Mental Health Professionals Association
Bi Writers Association
Bisexual Resource Center
Campus Pride
Center for Constitutional Rights
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS)
COLAGE (Children of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere)
Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP)
Consolidated Association of Pride (C.A.P.I.)
The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
Deaf Queer Resource Center
Equality Federation
Equality Project Investor Advocates
Faith In America, Inc.
Families United Against Hate
Family Equality Council (formerly Family Pride Coalition)
Freedom to Marry
FTM International
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Gay Liberation Network
Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Gender Odyssey
Gender Education Center
GenderQueer Revolution
Gender Spectrum Education and Training
Generation Y
GLSEN - the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
Health and Wholeness Advocacy office of the United Church of Christ
Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY)
Immigration Equality
The International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Coordinators
International Court Council of the United States
International Federation of Black Prides
International Foundation for Gender Education
Jewish Mosaic: National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
La Fraternitie du Loup-Garou
Lambda Legal
The Lavender Caucus of the Green Party
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch
Lutherans Concerned/North America
MAGNET (Media Advocates Giving National Equality To Trans)
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Marriage Equality USA
Mautner Project: the National Lesbian Health Organization
Metropolitan Community Churches
More Light Presbyterians
New Ways Ministry
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
PFLAG Transgender Network (PFLAG TNET)
Pride At Work, AFL-CIO
Pride Foundation
Queer Muslim Revolution
Queers for Economic Justice
Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf
Reconciling Ministries Network (United Methodists)
Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing
Room for All
Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity
Soulforce Q
Stop Abuse For Everyone
Straight Spouse Network
Transgender American Veterans Association
Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project
Transgender Health Alliance (International)
Transgender Law and Policy Institute
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
TransYouth Family Advocates
The Trevor Project
The United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns
US Human Rights Network
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual
Woodhull Freedom Foundation
World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Inc. (WPATH)

State/Regional Organizations
Alabama Gender Alliance
ALLGO-A Statewide Queer People of Color Organization in Texas
Alliance For Full Acceptance – South Carolina
Arizona Transgender Alliance
Basic Rights Oregon
California Faith for Equality
Center Advocates (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Citizens For Equal Protection (Nebraska)
Colorado Stonewall Democrats
Colorado Stonewall Democrats Transgender Caucus
Common Bond New Mexico Foundation (Albuquerque, NM)
Community of Welcoming Congregations (OR, WA)
Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition
D.C. Anti Racist Action
Democratic Party of Oregon Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus
Emerald City Transgender Social Club (Seattle, WA)
Empire State Pride Agenda (New York)
Equal Rights Colorado
Equal Rights Washington
Equality Advocates Pennsylvania
Equality Alabama
Equality Arizona
Equality California
Equality Florida
Equality Illinois
Equality Maine
Equality Maryland
Equality New Mexico
Equality North Carolina
Equality Ohio
Equality South Dakota
Equality Texas
Equality Utah
Equality Virginia
Fair Wisconsin
Faith Family Fairness Alliance – Minnesota
Florida’s Advocacy Coalition for Transgender Equality (FACT: Equality)
Forward Montana
The Freedom to Marry Coalition of Massachusetts
Garden State Equality (New Jersey)
Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (Wisconsin)
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Washington State
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado
Gender Identity Center Of Colorado
Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey
Georgia Equality
Granite State Stonewall Democrats (New Hampshire)
Idaho Equality Committee of Your Family Friends and Neighbors
Illinois Gender Advocates (IGA)
Indiana Equality
Indiana Fairness Alliance
Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance
Iowa Pride Network (State of Iowa)
It's Time-North Carolina
Kentucky Fairness Alliance
The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (California)
Legal Marriage Alliance of Washington
Love Makes A Family (Connecticut)
Marriage Equality Rhode Island
Massachusetts Chapter of The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)
Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
MEGA Family Project (Georgia)
Michigan Equality
Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition
Montana Human Rights Network
New England Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Veterans, Inc.
New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition
New Hampshire Transgender Resources for Education and Empowerment (NH TREE)
New Jersey Lesbian & Gay Coalition
New Jersey Stonewall Democrats
New Mexico GLBT Centers
New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)
New York Trans Rights Organization
The Northeast Gender Alliance (New York)
Oklahomans for Equality
Oregon Stonewall Democrats
One Iowa
OutFront Minnesota
OutReach, Inc. (Wisconsin)
PA Diversity Network
PinkEssence Chapter of Minnesota
The Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Alliance (PA-GALA)
PFLAG South Carolina
PFLAG-New Hampshire
PROMO (Missouri)
Pride At Work, Martin Luther King County WA Chapter
R.U.1.2? Community Center (Vermont)
Religious Coalition for Equality-Washington State
Santa Cruz County Task Force for LGBTIQ Youth (Santa Cruz, CA)
Stonewall DFL (Minnesota)
S. U. R. E. Foundation (New Mexico)
SAFE-NH (Stop Abuse For Everyone, New Hampshire)
SC Gay & Lesbian Pride Movement
South Carolina Equality Coalition
Southern California Community of Transgender Individuals
Tennessee Chapter of Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)
Tennessee Equality Project
Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition
The Tennessee Vals
Texas Association of Transsexual Support
Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus
Tiffany Club of New England
Trans Carolina (South and North Carolina)
Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington D.C. (TGEA)
Transgender Equality Rights Initiatives-Florida
Transgender Law Center (California)
TransGender Michigan
Triangle Foundation (Michigan)
Trikone Northwest (Pacific Northwest)
True Colors, Inc. (Connecticut)
The Twenty Club (Connecticut)
UAW Local 2865 (California)
University of Minnesota Transgender Commission
Utah Pride Center (State of Utah)
Vermont TransAction (Burlington, VT)
Washington Gender Alliance (Washington State)
Washington State Stonewall Democrats
Wisconsin Group Working for Equality
Wyoming Equality

Local Organizations
A Chance For Change (Substance Abuse Education and Prevention)
Affirmations (Detroit, MI)
Albuquerque Pride
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
Ally Action (San Francisco Bay Area)
Alternative Counseling Center
AMBI (Los Angeles)
American Federation of Teachers - Michigan Local 3550 (Graduate Employees' Organization)
Audre Lorde Project (New York City)
Bennington Pride Coalition (Bennington VT)
BIENESTAR (Southern California)
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center (Silicon Valley, CA)
Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth
Campus Alliance for Progress
Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, Inc. (Albany, NY)
Center on Halsted (Chicago, IL)
Chattanooga, TN LGBT Center
Chicago Gender Society
Christopher Street West / Los Angeles Pride
Concord Outright (New Hampshire)
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah (NYC)
Coqsure (Portland, OR)
Crystal Club (Central Ohio)
Delta Lambda Phi, National Social Fraternity for Gay, Bisexual and Progressive Men, Rho Chapter (Long Beach, CA)
District 202: GLBT Youth Center (Minneapolis, MN)
The Diversity Center (Santa Cruz, CA)
Eleanor Roosevelt Stonewall Democrats of Orange County California
Elections Committee for the County of Orange (ECCO)
Eon Youth Lounge (Southern Arizona)
EqualityToledo Community Action
Feminist Outlawz (Atlanta, GA)
Feminist Toolshed (The University of Michigan)
Fight OUT Loud (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
FTM Alliance of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
FTMI San Buenaventura
FTMI San Diego
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County (NJ)
Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley
Gay City Health Project (Seattle, WA)
GLBTA Programs Office, University of Minnesota
Gender Alliance of the South Sound (Puget Sound, WA)
GenderPeace (Ft. Worth, Texas)
Gentler Spirit Christian Church (Atlanta, GA)
Goodrum Project (Southern Arizona)
Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA)
Harvard University Transgender Task Force
Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Democratic Club (San Francisco, CA)
Healthy Teen Network
Houston Equal Rights Alliance
Houston GLBT Political Caucus
Houston Transgender Unity Committee
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
Huron Valley Greens (Ann Arbor, MI)
Ingersoll Gender Center (Seattle, WA)
Inland Counties Stonewall Democrats (California)
Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Jefferson County Democrats GLBT Caucus (Jefferson County, Colorado)
Juxtaposed Center for Transformation (Atlanta, GA)
Kaleidoscope Youth Center (Columbus, OH)
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project
Knox Boyz of East Tennessee
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (NYC)
Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual,Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland
LGBT Resource Center (Salt Lake City, UT)
Liberty City Democratic Club (Philadelphia, PA)
Lighthouse Community Center (Hayward, CA)
The LOFT: the LGBT Community Center (Hudson Valley, NY)
Long Island Lesbian Cancer Initiative (LILCI)
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center
Lou Sullivan Society (San Francisco)
Madison Area Transgender Association (Madison, Wisconsin)
Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
Muhlenberg College Gay Straight Alliance (Allentown, PA)
National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Network/La Red (Boston, MA)
New York Area Bisexual Network (NYABN)
Northeastern PA Rainbow Alliance
Northern Arizona Pride Association
Northwest PA Trans Group
Our Family Coalition (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
OutFront! (Philadelphia, PA)
Pacific Center for Human Growth (San Francisco East Bay Area)
Pagan Alliance (S.F. Bay Area, CA)
Perpetual Transition (Memphis, TN)
PAGE (Peak Area Gender Expressions) of Colorado Springs
PFLAG Columbus, OH
PFLAG Bryan/College Station ( TX )
PFLAG Dayton (OH)
PFLAG Detroit (MI )
PFLAG Grass Valley (CA)
PFLAG Lake Havasu City AZ
PFLAG Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
Pikes Peak Gay & Lesbian Community Center (Pride Center of Colorado Springs)
Pink & Blues of Philadelphia
Pride At Work, L.A. (Los Angeles, CA)
Pride At Work, Martin Luther King County, WA Chapter
The Pride Center (Akron, OH)
PRIDE Institute of Texas
Queer Asian Pacific Alliance (Boston, MA) Queer Justice League (New York, NY)
Queers Without Borders, Hartford Connecticut
Rainbow Center (Tacoma, WA)
Rainbow Network (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
Rainbow River Pride, Lake Havasu City AZ
Resource Center of Dallas (North Texas)
Rockway Institute
Safe Schools Coalition (Seattle, WA)
The San Antonio Gender Association (South Texas)
San Diego Democratic Club
San Diego LGBT Community Center
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee
Satrang (Southern California)
Seacoast Outright (New Hampshire)
Seattle GLBT Community Center
Silicon Valley LGBT Democratic Club
Social Welfare Action Alliance (The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
South Bay Transmen (San Jose, CA)
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) (Southern Arizona)
SpeakOUT (Central Ohio)
SpeakOut Boston
Stonewall Columbus (Columbus, OH)
Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City
Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas
Stonewall Democrats, University of Michigan Chapter
Trans Equality LA
TransActive Education & Advocacy
Transcendence (Bowling Green State University)
TransFamily of Cleveland
Transgender Advocacy And Services Center Of San Diego
Transgender Advocates of Central Texas
Transgender at Work
Transgender Detroit
Transgender Health Action Coalition (Greater Delaware Valley)
Transgender Health Empowerment, Inc. (Washington DC)
TransMasculine Community Network
Triangle Community Center (Norwalk, CT)
UNITE Fort Lauderdale
University of California, San Diego LGBT Resource Center
University of Michigan Health System Pride Network, Employee Resource and Patient Advocacy Group (Ann Arbor, MI)
Utah State University’s GLBTA Services
Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project (WRAP)
Wilson Resource Center (Arnolds Park, IA)
Wingspan Anti-Violence Project (Southern Arizona)
Wingspan LGBT Community Center (Southern Arizona)

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