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LGBT community refuses to abandon transgender inclusion in ENDA

Date: 
September 27, 2007

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National LGBT advocacy organizations issue collective call for
gender identity to remain in Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 — The following statement was released by the executive directors of several national LGBT organizations Thursday morning in response to the article in the Washington Blade posted Wednesday evening:

Our collective position remains clear and consistent regarding the status of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Our organizations oppose the removal of protections for transgender people from ENDA. We would also oppose any employment nondiscrimination bill that did not protect transgender people. 

We are shocked and upset that, according to the Washington Blade, influential members of the House of Representatives have apparently made a decision to remove protections for transgender people from the bill. If true, this decision was made without consultation with leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

While we don’t doubt the sincerity of congressional leadership’s intent to take action and be helpful to the LGBT community, we cannot disagree more with this strategy. We will continue to work with LGBT-supportive members of Congress to urge their colleagues to immediately drop this strategy. 

Jody Huckaby, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Matt Foreman, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc.
Mara Keisling, National Center for Transgender Equality
Kate Kendell, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Jon Hoadley, National Stonewall Democrats
Rebecca Fox, National Coalition for LGBT Health
Jeremy Bishop, Pride At Work, AFL-CIO
Clarence Patton, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects
Andrea Densham, Mautner Project
Terry Stone, National Association of LGBT Community Centers
Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal
Lee Swislow, GLAD

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