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National lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders demand more time to secure a transgender-inclusive ENDA

Date: 
September 27, 2007

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“If the question is shoring up support for the bill as it stands, the answer is to give us more time, not to leave a part of our community behind.”
— Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 — U.S. House Democratic leaders are reportedly strongly considering stripping gender identity from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

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

“It is politically inexplicable and unconscionable that some congressional leaders are rushing to strip protections for transgender people from ENDA — just as the Senate votes overwhelmingly to pass transgender-inclusive hate crimes legislation, and states from coast to coast are adding transgender-inclusive workplace protections at an unprecedented pace.
 
“If the question is shoring up support for the bill as it stands, the answer is to give us more time, not to leave a part of our community behind.

“We will pull out all the stops over the next few days to convince Congress that the right thing to do is move forward with the ENDA that was already introduced, and reject any substitute bill that cuts out members of our community.”

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