As we continue the discussion about the LGBT-related legislation before this Congress the one that will have the most impact on the most people is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (H.R. 3017 and S. 1584), which will protect LGBTs in states and municipalities that have yet to join the 21st century in recognizing that prejudice and bigotry have no place in the employment process and policies when it comes to LGBTs. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is collecting your stories about discrimination in the workplace:
We and our coalition partners (Human Rights Campaign, National Lesbian and Gay Task Force and statewide LGBT groups that are working on this issue) will use your answers to convince the new Congress that LGBT workers need to be protected. We are looking for people from all walks of life and who have held all kinds of jobs: from fast food to brain surgery. What matters is that you were fired or refused a job for being LGBT – and that that should never happen again.
You can submit your info here. Hat tip to HRC Back Story. This is a good Blend Q of the day as well — Have you ever faced workplace discrimination? And I want to broaden this to include based on gender and race, since we all know that this country is neither post-feminist or post-racial. Note: we're on the internets, so don't post anything you don't want to be read by the entire planet — and the Blend is not a legal forum for any kind of advice. This is just to spur a discussion of the wide-ranging ways discrimination affects the community.
To help get your legislators on the right page, join the Inclusive ENDA Facebook page, moderated by Dr. Jillian Weiss and its related U.S. Legislator of the Day page to tell undecided legislators in your district to vote for job equality.
In the House, where we need 218 yes votes, there are 171 confirmed yes, and another 36 who will probably vote yes, though they have not yet confirmed this, making a total of 207 likely yes votes. Not enough. 76 Representatives are unconfirmed either way, and these need to be persuaded by you. You can see the spreadsheet with this info at http://bit.ly/Q5YMJ
In the Senate, where we need 60 yes votes because of the likely Republic filibuster that requires 60 votes to stop, there are 46 confirmed yes votes, and another 11 likely yes votes, making a total of 57 likely yes votes. Not enough. 53 Senators are unconfirmed either way, and these need to be persuaded by you.
You can see the spreadsheet with this info at http://bit.ly/14TDll
**WHAT YOU CAN DO**
The key fight is going to be in the Senate. Please take whatever time you can to call the Senate swing votes, which you can find here: Senate – http://bit.ly/45WGMc