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Petitioning Representative Todd Platts and 48 others

Tell Your Member of Congress: End Employment Discrimination

There is a crucial vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) scheduled for later this month in the House Committee on Education and Labor. ENDA would create workplace protections for members of the LGBT community, so it's a big step in advancing gay rights.

But there's a strong possibility that the bill the committee will vote to mark up will NOT be the same bill PFAW has supported this year -- the Democratic leadership are pushing a version of the bill that doesn't include protections for transgendered people because they say it has a better chance of passing..

If your representative is on the Education and Labor Committee — see its member list below — please call her or him with the message: do not mark-up ENDA unless it includes the original language protecting victims of discrimination based on gender identity.

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

People For, along with activists and organizations representing both the civil rights and the LGBT communities, strongly opposes a move to strip gender identity from the bill's language. Here's why:

- It violates the spirit and intent of this legislation to single out one group of people as somehow not worthy of protection from job discrimination.
- The years-long battle to pass this historic nondiscrimination legislation would be undermined by leaving out any part of the LGBT community.
- Transgender Americans are perhaps the most vulnerable group within the LGBT community to various forms of discrimination, so they arguably need these protections the most.
- Allowing employers to discriminate based on real or perceived "gender identity" could also affect people who are not technically transgender, just based on certain behavioral traits they may or may not exhibit.

We're committed to passing federal employment nondiscrimination legislation, but not at any cost. Moving this bill forward without gender identity will leave an often discriminated-against group of Americans without protections for the foreseeable future — this is unacceptable.

Please tell your representative to move the ENDA bill forward ONLY IF it includes gender identity.

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Letter to
Representative Todd Platts
Representative Bobby Scott
Representative Dave Loebsack
and 46 others
Representative Mark Souder
Representative Joe Sestak
Representative Mazie Hirono
Representative Ken Marchant
Representative David Wu
Representative Ruben Hinojosa
Representative Tim Walberg
Representative David Davis
Representative Philip Hare
Representative John Yarmuth
Representative Carolyn McCarthy
Representative Yvette Clarke
Representative Joe Courtney
Representative Luis Fortuno
Representative Donald Payne
Representative Rush Holt
Representative Jason Altmire
Representative Tim Bishop
Representative Rob Andrews
Representative Ric Keller
Representative John Tierney
Representative Rob Bishop
Representative Tom Petri
Representative Tom Price
Representative Susan Davis
Representative Danny Davis
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Representative Dennis Kucinich
Representative George Miller
Representative John Kline
Representative Linda Sanchez
Representative Buck McKeon
Representative Lynn Woolsey
Representative Randy Kuhl
Representative Pete Hoekstra
Representative John Sarbanes
Representative Charles Boustany
Representative Carol Shea-Porter
Representative Virginia Foxx
Representative Joe Wilson
Representative Dean Heller
Representative Dale Kildee
Representative Mike Castle
Representative Judy Biggert
Representative Vern Ehlers
Representative Raul Grijalva
Please do not mark-up ENDA unless it includes the original language protecting victims of discrimination based on gender identity. Moving this bill forward without gender identity will leave an often discriminated-against group of Americans without protections for the foreseeable future. This is unacceptable.