Congress needs to hear from you! Urge your legislators to pass ENDA today

May 20, 2010

In South Carolina and 28 other states, it is legal to fire someone because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual -- or straight.  In South Carolina and 37 other states, it is legal to fire a transgender person.

This is unacceptable.

That's why we're asking you to take action TODAY on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as a part of the National Week of Action on ENDA.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is a federal bill that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.  ENDA would make it illegal for employers to discriminate on those bases, including, for example, refusing to hire a person or firing an employee because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or heterosexual.

It's imperative that we pass ENDA now -- to protect all Americans from job discrimination.  That's why we need you to act TODAY and tell Congress that we won't accept any more delays. We want ENDA passed NOW.

Please contact your Representative and Senators immediately and urge them to take swift action to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.  Our legislators must hear, loudly and clearly, that this bill is our top priority.

To call your Representative and Senators:

Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, give the operator your zip code, ask to be connected to your Representative, and leave a message (feel free to use the sample voice mail below).  After leaving your message for your Representative, hang up and call again to be connected to your two Senators.

Here's a sample voice mail message:
Hello.  My name is _____, and I am a proud resident of (your city, state).  I am calling to urge Representative / Senator Name to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017/S. 1584), to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from job discrimination.  Please take swift action to pass ENDA.  I can be reached at _______ (provide your phone number).  Thank you.

To email your Representative and Senators:

Click here to find your Representative and Senators.  Either enter your nine-digit zip code or your full address to see who your Representative and Senators are.  Simply click "Send Message" under their photographs to send them an email.  Feel free to use the sample email below.

Here's a sample email message:
Dear Representative / Senator Name,
Today, employers in many states can still legally fire people because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.  These hardworking Americans deserve the same protection as their coworkers, and ENDA would go a long way to making this a reality.  I urge you to support ENDA -- the bill that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans from losing their jobs simply because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.  LGBT Americans deserve and need the ability to work -- just like every American.  Please help by supporting ENDA (H.R. 3017 / S. 1584) and bringing the bill to a vote in the House and Senate this fall.  Thank you.

It only takes a few minutes to make the calls or send the email, but the impact of your actions will touch lives for many years to come.  Thank you for taking action to ensure all Americans are protected from employment discrimination.