Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NV-03: Dina Needs to Speak Up on ENDA

Yesterday, news broke that the House Education & Labor Committee has postponed mark-up of ENDA. This means December will be the earliest time we'll see a House floor vote on ENDA, and there's a chance it may not even be until February.

So why should we care so much about ENDA?

For starters, let's talk about our Silver State. While Nevada prohibits workplace discrimination by sexual orientation, our state offers no protections for transgender workers. So if you're trans, you're always at risk of being fired just for being who you are.

And even worse, 29 states offer no anti-discrimination protection on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. And yes, our next-door neighbors Idaho, Utah, and Arizona happen to be 3 of those 29 states.

This is why we should care so much about ENDA... And this is why Rep. Dina Titus (D-Henderson) needs to care as well. She's promised before to vote for it, but she hasn't yet signed on as a cosponsor. And in order for this bill to break through the delays and gain enough momentum for final passage, HR 3017 needs more cosponsors.

This is why Dina needs to hear from us. Please send her an email, call her office, and/or write to her. If you'll be attending Stonewall's Write-in on December 7, we'll have everything ready for you to write Dina and we'll deliver the letter to her district office for you.

Way too many people live at risk every day of losing their job, losing their livelihood, becoming societal outcasts just for being who they are. We can't allow any more of it, and we have the power to get ENDA passed.

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