DQRC Supports Trans-Inclusive ENDA

The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) has joined over 300 organizations nationwide in urging support for a Trans-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

In a surprise move by House Democrats, gender identity protections were stripped from a proposed ENDA bill that was set to be voted on by the House of Representatives. The original bill would have afforded protection for both sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.

“This affects not only Trans people but everyone who does not conform to society’s rigid gender norms,” said Dragonsani Renteria, DQRC’s Director and Trans activist. “Butch lesbians and effeminate men, for example, could be harassed, demoted, terminated or discriminated against simply for being ‘too masculine’ or ‘too feminine’.”

Please contact your U.S. House of Representatives and urge them to support the Baldwin Amendment which restores gender identity protections to bill HR 3685. This Amendment is expected to be voted on on Wednesday, October 24. A list of Representatives can be found at:

http://edlabor.house.gov/about/members.shtml.

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