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Task Force, Inc., applauds House committee hearing on transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Date: 
September 05, 2007

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“For far too long, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have lived with the fear and loss of employment simply because of who they are.”
— Dave Noble, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., applauds the members of the House Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee for holding a hearing today on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure was introduced on April 24 by Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Chris Shays (R-Conn.).

The Task Force, Inc., was the first national organization to advocate for federal nondiscrimination protections when it worked with then-U.S. Reps. Bella Abzug and Ed Koch, both New York Democrats, to introduce a sweeping bill in 1974. The Task Force, Inc., has also played a leading role in ensuring ENDA is explicitly inclusive of transgender people. Eight years ago, the Task Force, Inc., vowed to oppose the legislation if it were not inclusive, prompting criticism from some community members and allies who felt the Task Force, Inc., was hindering ENDA’s progress. The Task Force, Inc., has remained steadfast and partnered with transgender activists and organizations to defend and secure a transgender-inclusive ENDA and has strongly encouraged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleague organizations to do the same.

Statement by Dave Noble
Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc.

“For far too long, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have lived with the fear and loss of employment simply because of who they are. Today’s hearing marks a critical first step in putting an end to this discrimination once and for all. We applaud the new Congress for taking action today, and we urge lawmakers to pass this bill into law, this year.

“We want to especially thank subcommittee Chairman Rob Andrews for his leadership today, and Reps. Frank, Baldwin and Cleaver for their passionate arguments in favor of this all-inclusive legislation.”

Additional media resources:

Learn more about the Task Force’s long history of working on federal nondiscrimination legislation.

Download a copy of the Task Force map illustrating current state nondiscrimination laws.

Visit the Task Force, Inc., ENDA Action Center.

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc. (“NGLTF, Inc.”), founded in 1974, works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. NGLTF, Inc., is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to NGLTF, Inc., are not tax-deductible.