LGBT leaders gathered at the National Press Club on Tuesday to demand immediate action from legislators on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) – a federal bill that would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. “Despite a record number of sponsors and endorsements for passage of this landmark civil rights legislation, ENDA remains locked in committee as the clock winds down on the opportunity to act,” said Executive Director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Rea Carey. Among other advocates and allies in attendance were Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality Mara Keisling, Executive Director of PFLAG National Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition Sharon Lettman, Executive Director of Pride at Work Peggy Shorey, and Director of Projects and Managing Attorney of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Liz Seaton. Meanwhile, The Advocate reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi convened a conference call with LGBT leaders on Monday to discuss pending LGBT legislation:
The speaker relayed different avenues to passing both “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act this year and solicited feedback from advocates, according to two participants of the call.
“I have no intention of losing on either of these,” Pelosi said, according to one person on the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity.GLAAD will continue to follow the media’s coverage of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. Updates can be found on GLAADblog.org.