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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Nearly 300 Organizations from Across the Nation Unite to Press Congress to Secure Transgender-Inclusive Employment Nondiscrimination Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2007
12:00 PM

CONTACT: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Roberta Sklar, Communications Director
(Office) 646.358.1465 (Cell) 917.704.6358 rsklar@theTaskForce.org

 
Nearly 300 Organizations from Across the Nation Unite to Press Congress
to Secure Transgender-Inclusive Employment Nondiscrimination Legislation
National, state and local groups representing broad spectrum have sent a letter to Congress
urging lawmakers to pass an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that includes gender identity
 

WASHINGTON, DC - October 11 – Nearly 300 organizations from throughout the nation — and representing the full scope and breadth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community — have launched a vigorous and vocal united lobbying and advocacy campaign to win passage of a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), H.R. 2015. Called United ENDA, the campaign builds off the past week’s unprecedented efforts by legal groups, political organizations, grassroots activists and many others to maintain protections on the basis of gender identity in ENDA as the measure was originally introduced.

The groups, which include leading legal organizations such as Lambda Legal and faith groups such as the Religious Coalition for Equality, have signed a joint letter to Congress objecting to a diminished bill that abandons transgender people. These organizations, in an ever-expanding list, comprise United ENDA. As a result of letter and direct lobbying by staff from LGBT organizations and constituents, a scheduled House committee hearing on a version of ENDA that strips protections for transgender people was postponed last week.

United ENDA groups are coordinating lobbying and communicating daily to keep pressure on Congress. In the past week alone, thousands of constituents have called or sent e-mails to their U.S. representatives urging them to support a transgender-inclusive ENDA.

Below the listed media resources is additional information, including an update about what United ENDA has accomplished within the last week.

Media Resources:

Get background on ENDA.

Read the letter to Congress signed by nearly 300 organizations.

Read responses and analysis from leading LGBT legal organizations: joint statement from legal groups and additional analysis from Lambda Legal.

Sample press releases, letters, action alerts and other resources: PDF 1 and PDF 2.

Key Facts about United ENDA:

United ENDA was formed officially on Oct. 3 by the 150 organizations that signed a letter urging Congress to only support a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. There are now 282 organizations that belong to the United ENDA campaign and the list continues to grow every day.

United ENDA has coordinated a broad campaign to pass the original Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 2015) with unified protections for all LGBT people and to oppose any amendment or bill that would leave some in our community behind.

Nearly every statewide LGBT advocacy organization has joined United ENDA as well as nearly every national LGBT advocacy organization that lobbies members of Congress. Every national LGBT legal group has joined the campaign.

The combined membership of the United ENDA member organizations is at least 1.7 million. (This number only reflects membership data from 120 of the 282 member organizations.)

While United ENDA is a campaign of primarily LGBT-specific organizations, United ENDA is helping to coordinate lobbying strategies with numerous non-LGBT groups that share the goal of passing a trans-inclusive ENDA this Congress, including USAction and its state affiliates, the Young Democrats of America, and the National Organization for Women.

For Key Actions of United ENDA and Member Organizations click here.

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.

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