Share your story: Employment Non-Discrimination Act, why is it important to you?

Join the Center for Black Equity for the opportunity to be a part of history. We deserve equality and we deserve to be heard. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is in front of Congress again; let your voice be heard.

The Facts about LGBT employment…

  • 29 states can legally fire an employee just on the basis of identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
  • 33 states can legally fire an employee just on the basis of identifying as transgender.

The Facts about ENDA…

  • ENDA was first introduced to Congress in 1994 with a purpose of employment protection for lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals.
  • Gender identity and transgender protections were added to the bill in 2008.
  • The current version of ENDA in Congressional consideration would prohibit private employers with more than 15 employees from engaging in discriminatory acts against employees who are LGBT-identified.
  • Small businesses (less than 15 employees), religious organizations, and the military are exempt from ENDA.
  • On April 25, 2013, ENDA was referred to the Senate Floor after being defeated 18 times and 3 referrals.

Why is ENDA important to YOU? Share your story!

Submit a response of 250 words of less to the three questions below and clear photo (.jpeg format) Please submit to Michael Hinson at no later than Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.*

  1. How do you self-identify?
  2. How has workplace discrimination affected you?
  3. What does passing ENDA mean to you?

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