Barney Frank, Jared Polis and George Miller to Introduce ENDA in House

From She Wired:

by SheWired Editors
Article Date: 03/30/2011

Rep. Barney Frank and colleagues will introduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House on Wednesday — a bill that Frank described in a statement as a “difficult but winnable fight.”

The prospects of the bill, which would cover sexual orientation and gender identity in federal employment antidiscrimination laws – are bleak in the current Republican-controlled House, though Frank said that the bill is an “important vehicle” for “a serious lobbying effort.”

Rep. Frank will be joined by Reps. Jared Polis and George Miller in introducing the legislation Wednesday.

Here is the press release from Frank’s office:

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday morning, March 30th, Congressman Barney Frank and other prominent Members of the House of Representatives will make an important announcement about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The legislation would extend federal employment laws, which currently prevent job discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability, to also cover sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill applies both to the public and private sectors.

On the night before the event, Frank said that “passing an inclusive ENDA is a difficult but winnable fight – winnable if supported by a serious lobbying effort. The bill we are about to introduce provides an important vehicle for that effort.”

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2 Responses to “Barney Frank, Jared Polis and George Miller to Introduce ENDA in House”

  1. Teresa Reeves Says:

    ‎The article states,
    “.. it is legal in 29 states to discriminate on the basis tesof sexual orientation, and legal in 38 states to discriminate on the basis of gender identity.” It would be a good thing to have a list of all those states for advocacy and activists to be able to address the inequality through lobbying, education, demonstration, protest or boycott.

    It would appear that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is legal in 29 states, and that discrimination on the basis of gender identity alone is legal in 9 additional states. This leads to two questions.

    1) In this era of L G B T unity, how did L G B folks gain protection in those 9 states while their Trans brothers and sisters got left behind?

    2) If 29 states (and their state legislatures) are opposed to Lesbian Gay & Bisexual Rights and 38 states are opposed to Trans Rights– just how many Congress members from those 21 (or 12) states are going to back this bill? And is there any reason not to throw trans people under the bus again to woo support from those other 9 states?

    And if this bill is truly doomed this year, why alienate trans people by a willingness to exclude us that would cause the trans community to seriously consider secession. A recent report released shows that of 37 national LGBT organizations, 22 have zero trans people on their Boards and that trans people are only 3% (19 of 597) of all Board Members– And in state LGBT organizations trans are only 8% of Board members. And does any LGBT non trans specific organization exist where trans people lead? With only 3% (or even 8%), trans Board members are little more than powerless tokens and trans people cannot be considered full and equal partners in LGBT, and certainly not in those 9 states where there is LGB supremacy.

    • Suzan Says:

      Perhaps they did it before Transgender joined the Gay and Lesbian Movement about 10 years ago.

      3% is about representational and means transgender people are closer to representational parity in the Gay and Lesbian Movement than women are in the US government.

      As for the “trans community” going their own way? Perhaps it is time to realize there isn’t a “trans-community”. There are various communities. Some are straight, some are lesbian post-transsexual women, some are gay post-transsexual men and some are actual transgender people who talk about being the same as people with transsexualism but wouldn’t get SRS if it were handed to them free of charge.

      Don’t get me started on the “bi-genders”, and gender transgressive.

      It might be a good start to come up with a real definition for who is actually transgender. How come straight cross dressers are considered part of the transgender community and drag queens are not for example? Especially when drag queens are the anchor within the Gay/Lesbian Commuinty that one eneeds to have to give any legitimacy at all to claims of there always having been transgender people in the Gay and Lesbian Movement.

      You aren’t going to get that one from me. I was a lesbian Feminist in the Lesbian Movement. I was a left wing friend of a bunch of gay men with the Gay Liberation Front.

      The National Transsexual Counseling Unit wasn’t part of the Gay and Lesbian Movement. It wasn’t even a place where transgender people came.

      I’ve seen a lot of self interest on the part of the “transgender community” with very little willingness to engage in any quid pro quo.

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