This was based on an email from the TGStateCoalition and from the blog “Queercents”
Last Saturday, Rep. Barney Franks say at the Victory Fund and the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute dinner that he believes that a gender inclusive Hate Crime bill will pass Congress and President Obama will sign the bill in to law. However, he said that he does plan to introduce a non-gender inclusive ENDA bill this and he feels the bill has a good chance to pass. His reason for not introducing a gender inclusive bill is the same ol’ bull; “There is still a lot of ignorance about transgender in society.”
All of the polls that I have seen show that the majority of the voters are in favor of passing anti-discrimination legislation. The people get it! The trend in the polls is upward, the early polls (polls by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Garden State Equality and the HRC) showed that over seventy percent of the people were in favor of a gender Anti-Discrimination legislation. Last year the poll conducted by Empire State Pride Agenda found 78% of New Yorkers believed in protecting gender identity and expression. The people know that this is an issue of fairness, of allowing everyone an equal chance at employment and to make a living to support their families.
How can you help? You can help by contacting your representatives in Congress and tell them to support only a gender inclusive ENDA and Hate Crime bills.
Congressman Barney Frank
2252 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
In addition, you can contact President-elect Obama and ask him to keep his campaign promise of only supporting a gender inclusive ENDA.
Obama for America
P.O. Box 8102
Chicago, IL 60680
To find your Congressional representative contact information, click here and your Senators contact information, click here.
Your help is important, especially if you are an ally because we need all the help that we can get. Please help spread the word.