While we make progress on marriage equality, we can’t forget about anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace.
July 8, 2014 by Jaime Duggan & Chris Lindsey, 2014 Federal Club Co-Chairs
In the past year, we have made a lot of progress in the struggle for equality. We've celebrated the one-year anniversary of marriage recognition at the Federal level and we are making amazing strides on what seems like a daily basis at the state level. But marriage equality isn’t the only issue we face. Like Tippi McCullough, we may get legally married, and then lose our jobs because of a lack of protections for LGBT people in the workplace.
While marriage moves forward, HRC is also working toward the passage of an "Employee Non-Discrimination Act" (ENDA) at the Federal level. Right now, in 29 states including Texas, people can be fired just for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. While the U.S. Senate recently passed ENDA, the U.S. House of Representatives refuses to consider the measure.
In the meantime, HRC is educating people about the issue and is changing hearts and minds -- a critical piece that will not only guarantee our eventual success but also make possible true, lasting success in every American community.
And HRC’s efforts are working! A recent opinion poll showed that 2/3 of voters, including a majority of Republicans, support a Federal law prohibiting employment-based discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Right now, 88% of Fortune 500 companies have protections in place for LGBT persons! Corporate America knows equality is good for business
Communities of faith also support fairness. Numerous Christian and Jewish organizations and denominations have taken a strong stand against discrimination, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Episcopal Church, the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church
YOUR support ensures HRC goes to bat every single day for all Americans and ENDA is a huge piece of the equality puzzle. HRC has always been an organization that deals with issues not just in the courts or at the polls but also at the kitchen table. We both love HRC not only for the type of work YOU all make possible, but because it makes the world a better place for all of us.