My American friends at The Bilerico Project are leading a blogswarm Thursday to demand that the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, move the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to a House vote.
ENDA is the federal bill that would prohibit discrimination against workers in the United States on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity for civilian nonreligious employers with over 15 employees. It is currently stuck in committee as it waits for markup. Representatives Andre Carson, Tammy Baldwin, and Jared Polis have all personally promised (on video and in a guest posts at The Bilerico Project) that the legislation would be voted on by the end of March 2010. Nothing has yet to happen.
The visual, below, represents LGBT employment discrimination law across the United States as of 11 February 2010.
Civil rights must be equal for everyone in this world, and they are needed most by human beings against whom prejudice occurs frequently. LGBT communities will always be a small minority of the general population of any nation, including the United States. To support your American friends and family and participate in helping them attain equal civil rights, simply call Speaker Nancy Pelosi at 202-225-4965 and ask that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, HR 3017, move to a vote. Be polite, but firm, and after you call, click here and let GetEQUAL know how the communication went, even if that meant getting a busy signal or hang up.