By Patrick McNeil, Leadership Conference Communications Assistant
Hundreds are lobbying in Washington, D.C., today in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA would provide LGBT workers with basic protections against workplace discrimination, broadening existing federal protections against employment discrimination – such as those based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability – to every LGBT person nationwide.
ENDA was first introduced in 1994 and has been introduced in each session of Congress (except one) since then, most recently in April. With bipartisan support, ENDA passed out of the Senate HELP Committee in July – and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D. Nev., has said he wants to bring the bill to the floor this fall. With so many LGBT workers continuing to face discrimination – and with so few reporting it because of possible backlash – it’s past time for ENDA to become law.
Although the reasons are countless, we made a BuzzFeed list of seven undeniable reasons why we need ENDA immediately.