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Employment Non Discrimination Act

Amanda Terkel

Heidi Heitkamp Signs On As ENDA Cosponsor | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) has signed on to cosponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would expand workplace protections ...

Jan Diehm

LOOK: Where You Can Be Fired For Being Transgender | Jan Diehm | Posted 11.11.2013 | Gay Voices

When Congress last voted on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in 2007, the bill would have prevented employers from discriminating on the b...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid: Employment Non-Discrimination Act Will Come Up 'Soon' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that he expects to take up legislation "soon" that would ban workplace discrimina...

A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers

Crosby Burns | Posted 08.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Crosby Burns

It is legal under federal law to fire an employee just because that employee is gay or lesbian. Surprised? Consider these three alarming facts.

No More Excuses, Mr. President

Jonathan D. Lewis | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan D. Lewis

We are now six months past the election, and although the president has taken some substantive steps toward advancing equality, failing to protect LGBT employees in the workplace has become a glaring, festering omission.

Momentum Continues to Build for Narrowing ENDA's Religious Exemption

Ian Thompson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

ENDA's religious exemption, which would extend far beyond churches, synagogues and mosques, effectively gives a stamp of legitimacy to anti-LGBT discrimination that our civil rights laws have never given to discrimination based on an individual's race, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Reveals His Niece Is A Lesbian | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has long been a supporter of legislation to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orie...

Why ENDA Matters To The Trans Community

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Those who oppose ENDA or oppose transgender inclusion in it ask why we need it when 84 percent of U.S. companies include gender identity in their equal opportunity statements. The short answer is that what we have in place is not preventing discrimination against transgender people.

The Proverbial Turf War Between Jason Collins and Tim Tebow

Stefanie Williams | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Stefanie Williams

Stop with the whole, "Why is it OK to make fun of Tim Tebow for being a good Christian but we commend Jason Collins for being gay?" thing. When Tim Tebow can legally get fired in 29 states simply for being a Christian, then we'll talk.

Sen. Portman, ENDA's Religious Exemption Is Already Too Broad

Ian Thompson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

The proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act already contains a sweeping, unprecedented exemption for religiously affiliated organizations, going far beyond houses of worship, and giving them a blank check to engage in employment discrimination against LGBT people.

ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) Redux: Its History and Importance for All of Us

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Just as we aren't satisfied with protections at one level of government, and keep pushing for state and local protections in addition to federal protections, adding more explicit federal protections can only help the trans community cement its protections.

Life After Marriage

Heidi Shink | Posted 07.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Heidi Shink

When the time comes that we finally get the marriage equality we've been fighting for, will the fight be over? How does a movement survive the realization of its goals? In other words, is there life after marriage equality? The answer is yes. But the question is no laughing matter.

Jason Collins and Online Hate Speech

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 06.29.2013 | Media
Aaron Zelinsky

SI's feigned ignorance of the bigotry in its comments thread this morning is unfair to Collins. To portray the reaction as uniformly feel-good cheapens what Collins did today. It also misrepresents how much remains to be done, socially and politically, on equal rights.

Michelangelo Signorile

Oregon Senator Says He's Optimistic For GOP Support For ENDA | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Pointing to the dramatically-changed political climate on marriage equality and LGBT issues, Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.) said yesterday that h...

Dave Jamieson

Congress Considers Banning LGBT Workplace Discrimination | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to get a lift from the changing tides on gay marriage, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Thursday that would ...

'Please Help Me: I Have Not Come Out, And I'm Not Sure I Want To'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Americans hold dear the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But for gay people trapped in the closet under fear of losing their jobs, life offers anything but liberty and happiness.

$300 Billion Taxpayer Dollars Funneled to Businesses in States That Allow LGBT Workplace Discrimination

Tico Almeida | Posted 06.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Tico Almeida

With the stroke of a pen, President Obama can issue an executive order that covers approximately one out of every four civilian jobs in the United States and gives millions more LGBT Americans the freedom to go to work without fear of being fired for who they are or who they love.

Celebrating Progress of Marriage Equality and Not Settling For Anything Less Than Full Equality

Gregory Cendana | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Gregory Cendana

We must hold ALL elected officials and ourselves to higher standards of equality. We must break down the silos whether by community, issue or campaign. We must be bold, visionary and steadfast in our commitment to social and economic justice.

Five Years Of Marriage Equality Activism (PHOTOS)

Wayne Anderson | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Anderson

I decided to revisit some of the photographs I've taken while attending Prop 8 protests and marriage equality rallies over the last five years. It's hard to deny that Prop 8 not only galvanized the marriage equality movement but added vigor to the fight in other LGBT-equality-related areas.

No Longer at Zero: An Update on ENDA

Mara Keisling | Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

As we face a new Congress with our rapidly growing power and a quickly filling armamentarium of legal remedies, we need to make sure that ENDA, when it passes in a few years, moves our rights forward. We are no longer powerless mendicants. We are no longer starting from zero.

The Time Is Now: Seize This Movement Moment!

Robin McGehee | Posted 04.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Robin McGehee

We've seen the repeal of DADT, Obama's "evolution" on marriage equality, and the emergence of two Supreme Court cases that will determine the next steps in the battle for marriage equality. But now isn't the time to just wait on our equality to come to us. Now is the time to seize it!

Anti-Gay Pundit: ENDA Will Prompt 'Flaming Homosexuals' To Sue Christian Companies

Posted 01.07.2013 | Gay Voices

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer took aim at the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in both a blog post and on his radio program,...

My Top 5 Wishes For The Queers In 2013

Allison Hope | Posted 02.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Since we survived the end of the world, we can now focus on closing out 2012 and laying out our hopes for the new year. So what's our big, gay wish list for 2013? Here are my top five.

Back To Work: All Eyes On Full LGBT Equality

Joe Sudbay | Posted 01.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Sudbay

We all know that Election Day, including the reelection of President Obama, was historic for LGBT Americans. Now we need to translate those results into tangible, concrete change.

What America's Top LGBT Leaders Think Obama Must Do Next

David Badash | Posted 01.09.2013 | Gay Voices
David Badash

I asked 10 of America's top LGBT leaders what they are thinking. From GLAAD to HRC to GetEQUAL, leaders from some of the most active organizations, along with independent and grassroots activists and opinion shapers, shared with me their thoughts and plans for "Obama 2.0."