Join PFLAG for Transgender Lobby Day 2014

PFLAG National is proud to be a partner for 2014 Transgender Lobby Day!

Building on PFLAG’s October 2013 National Lobby Day and the historic Senate passage of the fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) last November, PFLAGers from across the country are invited to join with transgender advocates and allies in Washington, DC for 2014 Transgender Lobby Day, July 14-15, to educate their members of Congress and lobby for ENDA’s passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Every participant will receive training to ensure our members of Congress listen to our stories of workplace harassment and violence.  With our unique family and ally voices in the fight to make clear that we will leave no family members behind, we can move ENDA forward and ensure all Americans can seek and keep jobs without hiding who they are.

Click here to learn more or to register and attend 2014 Transgender Lobby Day.

If you are not able to travel to DC but would still like to advocate for yourselves and your transgender loved ones, your role back home in your Congressional District is equally important.

Click here to register to receive special materials for the Local and Virtual Transgender Lobby Day this July, when PFLAGers will visit, email, and call Representatives in their home offices.

 

PFLAG Action Alert on ENDA

Sharing the following from PFLAG National:

Dear PFLAGers,

Please Call or Email Your U.S. Representative to bring ENDA to the House Floor for a vote

Contact your U.S. Representative to tell them to vote YES on ENDA when it comes up for a vote, to cosponsor if they have not and to thank them if they are already a co-sponsor of this important bill for workplace equality. Take action on ENDA today by clicking here.

Your PFLAG message: “As your constituent and as a member of PFLAG I’m asking you to cosponsor and help bring ENDA to the House floor for a vote. PFLAG values are American values, and workplace discrimination is not a family value.  If you have already cosponsored ENDA, I thank you for supporting workplace equality for LGBT people and their families.”

Please review this critical September 2013 report that bolsters the need for a fully inclusive ENDA

PFLAG National is committed to ensuring that ENDA stays inclusive, as drafted, providing for non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity as well as sexual orientation.  Please check out this very important resource for reference in case there is push back as ENDA moves forward in the House:

A Broken Bargain for Transgender Workers, co-authored by The Movement Advancement Project (MAP), The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), The Center for American Progress (CAP), and The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), in partnership with Freedom to Work, The Task Force, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates (Out&Equal) and SEIU. This report reveals staggering statistics about how unemployment and poverty disproportionately affect transgender workers in the American workforce.

A small sample of the findings is:

  • Transgender workers report unemployment at twice the rate of the population as a whole (14% vs. 7% at the time the workers were surveyed).

  • More than four in 10 transgender people (44%) who are currently working are underemployed.

  • Transgender workers are nearly four times more likely than the population as a whole to have a household income of under $10,000 (15% vs. 4% at the time the workers were surveyed).

These findings exist despite CAP polling showing that 73% of voters support protecting transgender people from discrimination in employment.  Passing an inclusive ENDA matters.

 

Please Call or Email your Representative about ENDA for Workplace Equality

PFLAG Action Alert:

Contact your U.S. Representatives today and tell them to urge House Speaker John Boehner to bring ENDA to the House Floor for a vote; also ask your Representative to vote YES on ENDA when it comes up for a vote, and thank them if they are already a co-sponsor of this important bill for workplace fairness, which passed the Senate November 7th with a bipartisan vote of 64-32.

This bipartisan, bicameral bill promotes workplace fairness, and prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Your PFLAG message: “As your constituent and as a member of PFLAG (name of your chapter), I’m asking you to urge Speaker Boehner to bring ENDA to the House Floor for a vote, and I urge you to vote YES when ENDA does come to the House floor for a vote. PFLAG’s values are America’s values, and discrimination is not one of America’s values.”

More information about this House bill can be found here.