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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 7, 2007

United ENDA Responds to Today’s Vote; Remains Committed to Passage of Fully-Inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act

(Washington, D.C., November 7, 2007) — Over the past five weeks, the more than 360 organizations that comprise United ENDA have affirmed with unwavering clarity that we are one community linked by our united support for civil rights protections for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

In a remarkable flurry of action from coast to coast, from small towns and major cities, the LGBT community has generated unprecedented contact with legislators and in the process has impacted future conversations and legislation.

While the passage in the House of Representatives today of this stripped down ENDA is deeply disappointing, we have seen a tremendous shift in the commitment of a growing number of legislators to only support an inclusive ENDA in the future when passage in the Senate and the signature of a new President make the enactment of comprehensive employment protections a possibility.

We remain frustrated and disappointed that an inferior bill was brought to the floor. The stripping away of gender identity not only abandons transgender people - the most vulnerable within the LGBT community—it ignores the reality that gender identity and expression are at the root of much anti-gay discrimination.

It is distressing that Representatives were put in the untenable position of either voting for a bill that is not supported by most of the community it’s supposed to protect, or voting against a bill extending rights based on sexual orientation alone. We look forward to working with those members who voted yes on ENDA today, but who support a fully inclusive bill, to make sure they have an opportunity to vote on a fully-inclusive bill the next time ENDA comes up for a vote.

Despite the action taken today in the House, the United ENDA coalition continues to expand, and we intend to harness the passion, grassroots activism and local, state and national organization leadership. Collectively, we are committed to working with Congress towards the ultimate goal of passing a fully-inclusive ENDA. We also are committed to working with all the organizations in the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, as the LGBT community needs the support of the entire civil rights community to make certain a fully-inclusive bill is introduced in the next Congress.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.


media contacts:

Erik Olvera
Director of Communications
National Center for Lesbian Rights
office: 415.392.6257 x324

Bethany Woolman
Communications Associate
National Center for Lesbian Rights
office: 415.392.6257 x305

Shannon Minter Esq.
Legal Director
Mobile: 415.595.2125

Kate Kendell Esq.
Executive Director
415.392.6257 x307
Mobile: 415.595.2233


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