Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

Please support the original, nondiscriminatory, ENDA. The new one isn't just noninclusive, it's non-protective. From Lambda-Legal:

(New York, October 1, 2007) — Lambda Legal's preliminary assessment of the revised version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act shows the bill to be riddled with loopholes in addition to failing altogether to protect transgender people against discrimination.

"Leaving out protections for transgender people is unacceptable, and passing a bill riddled with loopholes will make it harder to achieve equality on the job," said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director at Lambda Legal. "You can't be fired for being a lesbian or a gay man, but you can be fired if your boss thinks you fit their stereotype of one."

"After working together for so many years on a bill to provide protections for the LGBT community on the job — we can do better than this," Cathcart added.

See more details on ENDA-Lite at Lambda Legal.

It's frightening and disappointing that the bill Democrats think they can push to veto might not be protective.

Even if ENDA-Lite provides GLB people proper protection, if it's not inclusive, they can keep it. I have no interest in gaining a civil right if the cost is keeping that right from someone else.