Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

N.G.L.T.F. Hails Today’s Introduction of Transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hails today’s introduction of transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act in
U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, April 24 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., applauds today’s introduction of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure was introduced by two Republican Represntitives Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), & Chris Shays (R-Conn.), along with gay Demorcatic Representive, (Barney Frank (D-Mass.)), and Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.).
ENDA would provide legal recourse to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the 33 states that don’t currently have employment nondiscrimination laws that cover sexual orientation and to transgender people in the 42 states that do not provide protection on the basis of gender identity or expression.
The Task Force was the first national organization to advocate for federal nondiscrimination protections when it worked with then-U.S. Reps. Bella Abzug and Ed Koch, both New York Democrats, to introduce a sweeping bill in 1974. The Task Force has also played a leading role in ensuring ENDA is explicitly inclusive of transgender people. Eight years ago, the Task Force vowed to oppose the legislation if it were not inclusive, prompting criticism from some community members and allies who felt the Task Force was hindering ENDA’s progress. The Task Force has remained steadfast and partnered with transgender activists and organizations to defend and secure a transgender-inclusive ENDA and has strongly encouraged LGBT colleague organizations to do the same.
Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
“We vowed we would not support an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that left behind our transgender sisters and brothers. We were willing to go to the mat on this, and the measure introduced today is the direct result of that perseverance and our profound belief that equality is not to be divvied out to a select few; it is a fundamental human right for all. Today marks a critical milestone for our community and our country. For decades, a majority of the American people have supported protecting gay people from discrimination. Congress needs to act, at long last, this year.”
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Learn more about the Task Force’s long history of working on federal nondiscrimination legislation. Download a copy of the Task Force map illustrating current state nondiscrimination laws.