Today, the Senate will be voting on ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would make workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity illegal. Currently, while it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability or sex, it is perfectly legal to fire a lesbian, gay, or bisexual person for the crime of being a lesbian, gay or bisexual person in 29 states. And it’s A OK to fire a transgender person for people transgender in 33 states.
This morning Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) came out for ENDA, which makes it likely that the bill will pass the Senate. Heller joins the entire Democratic Caucus and Republicans as well as Republican senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) who support ENDA.
But last night, ENDA received a push from the President himself. President Obama urged Congress to pass ENDA in a blog post on the Huffington Post, writing:
Americans ought to be judged by one thing only in their workplaces: their ability to get their jobs done. Does it make a difference if the firefighter who rescues you is gay — or the accountant who does your taxes, or the mechanic who fixes your car? If someone works hard every day, does everything he or she is asked, is responsible and trustworthy and a good colleague, that’s all that should matter.
Read the whole post here.
Katie Halper started identifying as a feminist at the age of 5 when she attended her first pro-choice rally and began calling out the musicals she watched instead of cartoons for being “prejudiced against women.” She realizes this is a ridiculous photo.