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.

 

Announcement Regarding Change In Charlottesville Group Meetings

In an effort to best respond to the needs of our community and the members we serve, PFLAG Blue Ridge is making the following change to our Charlottesville group meetings, which meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at ASG:

Our Charlottesville meetings will now be designated for parents/families of transgender youth.

The majority of our regular participants over the last year and a half have been parents and caregivers of trans* and gender nonconforming children and teenagers, and a large majority of our contacts seeking support are related to gender identity questions.

We feel that this change in our meeting format will offer means of providing a regular “safe space” for those families who are looking for in-person support, and allow us to better focus our group’s mission.

Our Harrisonburg group remains open to LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.

As always, individuals looking for peer support or who have other needs beyond the scope of our Charlottesville group meetings are welcome to contact us, and one or more of our volunteers will be happy to meet with you in person, or talk by phone or email.

PFLAG National and local PFLAG Chapters Join United for Marriage Rally

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At the end of last month, PFLAG submitted an amicus (friend of the court) brief to the Supreme Court in support of the respondents in Hollingsworth v. Perry, California’s Proposition 8 case. Now, in just two short weeks, the justices will consider both that case and the repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), both of which are fundamentally about whether our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) loved ones can enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone else.*

Want to make your voice heard on this issue? Join with PFLAG National and many local PFLAG chapters, along with over 130 other organizations, in the United for Marriage Rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on March 26 and 27.

For more details, visit United for Marriage Rally: Light the Way to Justice

If you can’t make it to D.C., you can find or create a local action in your community, and use this toolkit to help you get started.

*paragraph in italics courtesy of PFLAG National’s email alert

Harrisonburg Support Group Info

Tonight, February 7th, PFLAG Blue Ridge offers our first support group meeting in Harrisonburg. We will be meeting at the JMU LGBT & Ally Education Center, located in Montpelier Hall on the James Madison University Campus. The JMU LGBT&A Center is on the 5th Floor, to the left as you exit the elevator.

You can find a map and the location address on the Harrisonburg page at our website. Please note that due to ongoing construction, you cannot enter the parking lot at the front of Montpelier Hall directly off Cantrell. Drivers will want to take Madison, and then a left into the parking lot to loop around behind the building, arriving back in front. Parking is directly in front of Montpelier in the spaces marked for Health Center parking.

Beginning next Month, our 1st Thursday Harrisonburg meetings will be held in the Gandhi Center space at JMU’s Cardinal House, and will coincide with a youth support group meeting hosted by Shenandoah Valley YES! Alliance. We are thrilled to partner with YES! in bringing this support to the Valley.

via Cville Pride – Victory!: Cville City Council Takes a Stand

Charlottesville Pride Community Network

Last night, during the public hearing (and first reading) of the proposed antidiscrimination ordinance and human rights commission, the Council added in language about sexual orientation and gender identity that had previously been absent.

This is a huge step. Doing this could invite a challenge from the state.

As Dave Norris, one of the councillors said, “Let’s do it. If it gets challenged, so be it.”

Email the city council NOW and tell them thank you for showing enough courage to do the right thing.

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