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Held Hostage, and the Need to Encourage Dissent and Debate

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The leaders of the national trans and LGBT organizations have too frequently arrogated unto themselves the decision making on issues of critical import. They act with absolute authority, based on their organizational positions, with few mechanisms for community input and debate.

Putting the 'GOP' in ENDA

Christian Berle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Christian Berle

The buzz in Washington is all about gridlock and the government shutdown, but flying just below the radar is a Senate bill that marks a rarity in Washington: proposed legislation has considerable support in both political parties: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Workplace Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals: It's Time for ENDA

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

Macy v. Holder established that gender identity is protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. While encouraging, reliance on the Civil Rights Act doesn't offer transgender individuals the protection necessary to close some of the employment and wage gaps they so frequently face.

The Cost of Trans Job Discrimination

Mara Keisling | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

As the U.S. becomes increasingly aware that transgender people exist in most workplaces -- in factories, in offices, and on construction sites -- it's increasingly clear that there is little awareness that these same people can lose their jobs for being transgender or gender-nonconforming.

After the March

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Rabbi Steve Gutow

The success of civil rights marchers 50 years ago has made America a stronger and more equal country today. But equality means equal opportunity for all, and simply removing the immediate barriers is not enough.

WATCH: Hundreds Pray To Protest Proposed LGBT Anti-Discrimination Legislation

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices

The City Council of San Antonio, Texas, is currently in the process of considering whether or not to offer nondiscrimination protection for individual...

Much More Than Dreams: Acting to Fulfill the Promise of Dr. King's Vision

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Abraham H. Foxman

As we mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, we can all celebrate how far our country has come. But we know that racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry are still out there, and there is much work still to be done.

Referring to Bradley Manning as He or She Is Not the Issue

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

Clearly Bradley Manning has created a stir by asking to be referred to as Chelsea Manning from now on. There is going to be a debate over whether she helped or hurt the cause of the transgender community to be more understood and accepted.

Russia and Egypt: An Interesting Sense of Outrage

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

There's a lot be be angry about across the world. But there's also a lot to be angry about right here. A lot. And we can't keep acting like sectarian violence isn't happening in the streets of America.

It's 2013, And It's Still Perfectly Legal To Fire Somebody For Being Gay

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

You read that right. Members of the LGBT community currently have no federal protection against employment discrimination, so anyone living in a state...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate To Vote On Employment Non-Discrimination Act As Soon As September | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate could vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as soon as September, a Senate Democratic leadership aide told The Huffin...

A Multi-Million, Bipartisan Push To Make ENDA A Reality

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices

Nineteen years after its primary introduction into the political arena, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is gaining traction again through...

Michelangelo Signorile

Tammy Baldwin: ENDA Victory Is 'Not Going To Be Smooth Sailing' | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis) said she was “pleasantly surprised” by the vote in a key committee recently on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act...

ENDA Vote Is Just the Beginning

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act now heads to the full Senate for consideration. In 29 states workers are not protected from being fired because of their sexual orientation, and in 34 states workers can be fired for being transgender.

Fired for Being Trans: The Rest of the Story

Rebecca Juro | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

After I lost my job, I wasn't able to find work again for six years. With no laws anywhere locally that protected my right to work, there was no interest in hiring a trans woman, particularly one who was visibly trans. Once the economy began declining, my ability to get hired vanished once again.

Another Historic Week for Trans Civil Rights

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

First, the Senate committee overseeing ENDA passed the bill to the floor of the Senate without amendment. Then Mia Macy won a judgment from the DOJ in Macy v. Holder, and a settlement was reached in another trans discrimination case, this time at a private employer in Maryland.

Gay Marriage: The Struggle Is Far From Over

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
American Anthropological Association

The argument goes that gay marriage has never existed in any society until recently, that heterosexual marriage has always existed for thousands of years unchanged, and that homosexuality itself is unnatural. But anthropological research disputes all of this.

Growing Republican Support for the Freedom to Work

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Wednesday, July 10, in a historic first, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions passed, in bipartisan fashion, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in a 15-7 vote. What is particularly noteworthy is the fact that three Republicans voted for the bill.

WATCH: Transgender Discrimination: I Was Fired For Transitioning From Man To Woman

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Federal law bans employment discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age and disability. But sexual orientation and gender identi...

Lila Shapiro

Moms Make Personal Pleas For Rob Portman To Support ENDA | Lila Shapiro | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Joe Herron was always nice to the gay customers who came into the national retail store where he worked in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. But his friendl...

Jennifer Bendery

Employment Non-Discrimination Act Passes Senate Committee | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- LGBT rights advocates chalked up a win on Wednesday as a Senate committee passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that woul...

Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill Moves Forward

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Gay rights advocates notched another victory Wednesday after a Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit employers from disc...

Lesbian Couples' Wage Penalty is Greater Than The Lesbian Wage Premium

Jarryd Willis | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Jarryd Willis

A lesbian may see her family lose $20,404 each year because both she and her wife are being paid less. Thus, by allowing the gender pay gap to continue, wife-wife families are being disadvantaged in a way that is not true for husband-wife or husband-husband families.

Amanda Terkel

Republicans Pressured To Back LGBT Workplace Protections | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a Senate committee set to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Wednesday, supporters are focusing these final hours on ...

And Now It's Time to Rebrand ENDA: The Freedom to Work Act

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The marriage equality movement has been a success for a lot of reasons. One of them, no doubt, is branding and framing. And it's time to learn from that and apply it to other battles, like the battle against employment discrimination, which has been a dismal failure.