Employment Non-Discrimination Act ENDA

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    Sep 03, 2007 11:08 PM GMT
    On Wednesday September 5, 2007 I will testify before Congress on the The Employment Non-Discrimination Act ENDA. Did you know you can be fired or not hired in 30 States in America today because your gay? Let's end this discrimination.

    Wish me luck. Here is my story:


    The bill you are debating – which is so important to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community – is even more important to America.

    As a first generation Irish-American, I grew up hearing stories that when the Irish looked for work in the United States, they found signs that said, “Irish not need apply.”

    I was also told that those days were behind us. That I could be anything I wanted to be in America.

    I found out the hard way it’s not true. Today there remains an invisible and just as insidious obstacle to equal employment that cuts across all racial and ethnic lines in America.

    I realized soon after graduating the police academy that because I was gay, my safety as a police officer and my future as a public servant was seriously jeopardized. After a classmate and his work partner were gunned down - murdered on the streets. It forever changed the way I viewed the job as a gay cop.

    Every time my partner and I rolled into a domestic or a gun call, all I could think of was who would notify my life partner? Would he first learn of my shooting on the 11 o'clock news? How would he be treated by my colleagues at my funeral?

    I'm a good cop. But I lost two and a half years of employment fighting to get my job back because I am gay. And I never would have even been able to do THAT had I not lived in Massachusetts or in one of the handful of other states that protect gay employees from discrimination.

    In fact, if I were a federal employee living in Massachusetts I would not be protected at all.

    Discrimination impacts the lives of everyone. It not only deprives people of jobs and safe working conditions, it also robs our most vulnerable citizens of vital services they would have received from talented and dedicated gay workers.

    Throughout America, men and women of all backgrounds benefit from the talent and dedication of gay employees. Many of these employees work without protection because they live in states that have no such guarantees.

    The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would guarantee that America’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender workforce would never again fear that they might not be hired or able to keep their jobs solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    I'm proud to be Irish. I'm proud to be gay. And I'm proud to be a cop in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Please put an end to the kind of employment discrimination that I have had to endure.



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    Sep 04, 2007 12:18 AM GMT
    Excellent. The story is very concise, convincing, and honest. I can't believe 30 states do not have gays listed as a protected class! Shocking. I would have thought it was less than 10 or so.

    From what you've written, I think you'll do very well. Good luck! :)

    Let us know how it went.
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    Sep 04, 2007 12:33 AM GMT
    Hey! Good Luck! for all of us.

    It seems odd that here in the 21st Century, Gay men and women are still 2nd class citizens. I think it is only a matter of time that a new generation will understand true equality.
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    Sep 04, 2007 2:38 AM GMT
    Hi 5, brother for taking positive action to change the world we live in for the better. You are an inspiration to the rest of us.
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    Sep 04, 2007 2:43 AM GMT
    If you get any rant from the right wing on the panel, remind them..."Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." Hmmmm...who said that? ...and he didnt distinguish gays from straights.
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    Sep 04, 2007 3:04 AM GMT
    Calson: I think it would be good if they were just reminded..

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

    Unfortunately they have heard this already also but too many don't believe it I guess.

    For more see

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_men_are_created_equal
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    Sep 04, 2007 3:32 AM GMT
    Good luck man. I am proud to be in the same state as you. SO have you and your life partner gotten married yet. This sounds so beautiful. Are there any plans to if you haven't yet?
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    Sep 04, 2007 9:28 AM GMT
    Thumbs up and good luck! Daniel
  • GQjock

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    Sep 04, 2007 10:47 AM GMT
    Most of America doesn't know little facts like these - How we are discriminated against even in our places of work

    Best of luck .. and thanks for carrying our load :)
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    Sep 04, 2007 12:27 PM GMT
    Woohoo!!! You can always count on them Mass boys to stand up. We've been doing it since April 1775!

    Good luck and G-d speed.
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    Sep 06, 2007 4:30 AM GMT
    Thanks for doing this. You are brave and deserve the best life can offer.
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    Sep 06, 2007 2:45 PM GMT
    Hey hey - looks who is in the paper!


    Gay officer to speak out for job rights bill

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    Sep 10, 2007 1:05 AM GMT
    What a great story
  • jarhead5536

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    Sep 10, 2007 1:17 AM GMT
    God bless you brother. I wish I was so brave as you. We all stand on your shoulders...
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    Sep 10, 2007 1:20 AM GMT
    I saw your testimony. You were great! Keep fighting the good fight brother.
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    Sep 22, 2007 3:28 AM GMT
    Excellent! Thank you for standing up and speaking out for what's right. You, and people like you, make me even more proud to be a gay man.

    Its a sad statement on our society that we're still fighting this fight, in this country, in the 21st century...

    Keep up the fight!
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    Nov 06, 2009 5:08 PM GMT
    Ok you hookers, contact your representatives!

    "We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter-and to write it in the books of law." Lyndon B. Johnson
    To terminate the employment of an individual based on who they are as a person, and not on performance standards, is inexcuseable and unacceptable. Whether th...e person is male or female, Asian, African, caucasian, disabled, gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgender does not determine their capabilities of work performance or work ethic. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will empower employers to embrace equality and diversity. ENDA ensures that the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender workforce will have equal stance and peace of mind with reassurace that performance, not sexual orientation or gender identity, factor in how they contribute to their job or becoming future employees.
    Help the fight for equality in the workforce today!
    Contact your representatives in Congress!
    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt

    The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 Bill:
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-3017

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    Nov 06, 2009 5:13 PM GMT
    Dante_redux saidOk you hookers, contact your representatives!

    "We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter-and to write it in the books of law." Lyndon B. Johnson
    To terminate the employment of an individual based on who they are as a person, and not on performance standards, is inexcuseable and unacceptable. Whether th...e person is male or female, Asian, African, caucasian, disabled, gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgender does not determine their capabilities of work performance or work ethic. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will empower employers to embrace equality and diversity. ENDA ensures that the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender workforce will have equal stance and peace of mind with reassurace that performance, not sexual orientation or gender identity, factor in how they contribute to their job or becoming future employees.
    Help the fight for equality in the workforce today!
    Contact your representatives in Congress!
    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt

    The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 Bill:
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-3017

    This latest bill This deserves a topic of it's own!

    here are some more links:
    contacts:
    http://www.bilerico.com/2009/08/click_here_to_email_18_crucial_senators_on_enda.php

    facebook:
    http://www.bilerico.com/2009/06/join_our_inclusive_enda_campaign.php

    http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/11242/inclusive-enda-2009-can-a-viral-facebook-campaign-make-it-happen

    Here is a link that helps you find and email your reps!
    http://eqfed.org/campaign/ENDA_CongressionalCampaign_househearing
  • metta

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    Nov 11, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    ENDA Update:

    Weekly ENDA Update: What Did The Senate Hearing Accomplish?


    http://www.bilerico.com/2009/11/weekly_enda_update_what_did_the_senate_hearing_acc.php






  • metta

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    Nov 14, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    On Wednesday, November 18th, the House Education and Labor Committee will vote on legislation to end LGBT employment discrimination (ENDA). It is still completely legal to fire an LGBT worker in 29 states.


    http://endanow.com/





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    Tom Perez, the Justice Department’s Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, told senators Thursday a bill to prevent employers from discriminating against people on the basis of sexual orientation creates a “level playing field.”



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  • metta

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    Feb 19, 2010 3:24 AM GMT


    Rep. Frank: ENDA on Track in House



    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2010/02/18/Rep_Barney_Frank_says_ENDA_is_on_track_in_House/

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    Feb 19, 2010 3:49 AM GMT
    I was fired when they found out I had a bf from a restaurant in Arlington VA in Nov of 2008. I hope they pass this law soon.