3 Ways to Improve ENDA Advocacy

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) should have become law a long time ago. In fact, recent polls show that 90 percent of Americans mistakenly think that ENDA already is the law.

Here are three things we can do to increase our chances of successfully enacting a fully inclusive ENDA in the next Congress that begins in 2013:

  1. Address the trans-phobia among some staffers and members on Capitol Hill and let all LGBT Americans – especially transgender Americans – tell Congress and the American people their stories of workplace discrimination and harassment;

     

    Vandy Beth Glenn shares her story of anti-trans job discrimination with the U.S. Congress.
  2. Out-and-out brag openly about ENDA’s broad religious exemption, in order to use that hugely popular and bi-partisan clause to sway the votes of moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats to our side on ENDA;

     

    Rabbi David Saperstein testifies to Congress in favor of ENDA
  3. Work harder and smarter in what U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brandeis called the “laboratories of democracy” by passing more state-level ENDAs and litigating more state ENDA cases in state courts to demonstrate why a federal law is so badly needed.

     

    Brad Sears, Executive Director of the Williams Institute, provides Congress with evidence of a widespread pattern of workplace discrimination by state government employers.

You can read the full series called “3 Ways to Improve ENDA Advocacy” at Bilerico:

Part One: Overcome Fear of Trans Americans

Part Two: Religious Exemptions

Part Three: Take the ENDA Fight to the States!