Fighting for jobs, justice and equality

On Oct. 2, thousands of people are expected to converge on the nation’s capital to call for a plan to put America back to work. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is an endorser of the march, which is being organized by One Nation Working Together (ONWT), a new progressive movement demanding secure jobs, justice and quality education. Says ONWT:

We all deserve a just and fair chance to achieve the American Dream. Our national identity is rooted in the ideal that all people — regardless of race, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, heritage or ability — should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential. One Nation Working Together will chart a bold, pragmatic path toward a more unified, sustainable, prosperous future by building support for these core principles and policy ideals.

The Task Force, Pride At Work/ AFL-CIO, National Black Justice Coalition and National Stonewall Democrats are co-conveners of the “LGBT Table” for ONWT, and we’re working together to organize national LGBT groups around the Oct. 2 march and labor issues generally. Get full march details.

On this Labor Day, we’re also continuing to demand Congress pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban.

ENDA prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban will help ensure courageous and qualified military personnel do not lose their jobs due to discrimination.

In essence, these are jobs bills providing workplace protections to the LGBT community. This is simply an issue of basic fairness and equal opportunity. It’s about ensuring that the American Dream can be dreamed and lived by all.