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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community rallies in unprecedented numbers in support of transgender-inclusive employment

Date: 
October 11, 2007

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“Our movement is used to fighting to win our rights incrementally, often one at a time. We are not, however, used to — nor will we allow — having our people protected one at a time. No civil rights movement has ever left a part of its community behind, and we’re not about to be the first.”
— Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., today reiterated its call for a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc.

“The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has come together in an unprecedented way to press Congress to pass ENDA as introduced this year — an ENDA that includes protections for our entire community. The nearly 300 organizations comprising this effort — United ENDA — represent nearly 2 million total members and are the backbone, the breadth and the depth of our community coast to coast. These diverse organizations have come together to accomplish one thing — to ensure that no part of our community gets left behind.

“Our movement is used to fighting to win our rights incrementally, often one at a time. We are not, however, used to — nor will we allow — having our people protected one at a time. No civil rights movement has ever left a part of its community behind, and we’re not about to be the first.

“Our energy remains focused on shoring up the votes to pass the original, inclusive ENDA. Last week, Speaker Pelosi and Reps. Miller, Frank and Baldwin said we should be using this time to ‘continue (our) discussions with members in the interest of passing the broadest possible bill.’ We hope and urge Rep. Barney Frank to join with all of us in doing just that.”

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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.