Representative Barney Frank, joined by Reps. Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis and at least 100 cosponsors, introduced a Federal Inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination (ENDA) bill today. ENDA will add sexual orientation and gender identity to pre-existing employment non-discrimination laws. ENDA is such a common sense idea that most people believe it is already illegal to fire someone for being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender. While there are already 12 states and 100 localities that protect 40 percent of the population, millions are still at risk.
Can you imagine what it would be like to be approached by your boss and fired for who you were born to be? What would you do? How would you protect yourself and your family? Many can not without ENDA. THIS CAN’T CONTINUE! This is wrong. This is un-American. We must put an end to it.
Join the Impact is a proud member of the United ENDA Coalition. Together we have come up with several actions you can do RIGHT NOW:
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and have them connect you to your Representative (based on your zip code). Tell them:
I am a constituent and I would like you to please tell Representative _______ that I would like him/her to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. ENDA would ban discrimination against all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace. Can you tell me whether or not Representative _______ will support the bill?
Send a message to Laura Hart with United ENDA with a report of your representative’s response.
Once you make your call, follow up with an e-mail, or even better a physical letter. You can find contact info here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Finally, follow up your calls and letters with visits to your representatives during their August recess. Join the Impact will be rolling out tools in the near future for you to use during your meeting to discuss ENDA and other important goals. In the mean time call now to make your appointments.
Your personal stories are your most powerful tool. Have you ever been fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender? Please share your stories in the comments section below. Don’t stop there; write a letter to the editor, write a blog, tweet, Facebook, make a you tube video, or even stand on a soap box with a bull horn during lunch. Do anything and everything you can to tell your story.
We need your help and we need it now. Call your reps and make a stand for equality today!