Amendment Introduced to Restore Gender Identity Protections to ENDA

United ENDA:

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced today that she has secured an agreement from the Democratic leadership to introduce an amendment to H.R. 3685 that would restore gender identity protections to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The amendment would be considered on the House floor next week, after the bill moves through the House Education and Labor Committee this Thursday.

…Clearly, our preferred strategy is to pass the original ENDA (H.R. 2015) out of committee. However, if we are faced with a non-inclusive bill following the committee vote, we will work with Congresswoman Baldwin to repair ENDA to include protections on the basis of gender identity. We appreciate that Congressional leaders like Congresswoman Baldwin continue to share our commitment to pass an inclusive bill, and we expect Speaker Pelosi and the House leadership will actively support the Baldwin amendment.
365Gay has more here, including the infuriating history that necessitated the introduction of this amendment.

Please take a moment to thank Rep. Baldwin here.

Rep. Baldwin, btw, is a lesbian. In fact, she's the only openly lesbian member of Congress. The only reason I mention that is because I have this vague recollection of some blogger somewhere intimating that gays and lesbians, particularly in the general Beltway area, don't care about trannies…

[H/T Andy.]

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