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LGBT and Allied Groups Call on Congress to Pass ENDA Now

More than 200 Organizations Demand Immediate Action

(Washington, DC, April 21) — Today, the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, along with allies in the faith, labor and civil rights communities, issued the following statement to members of the United States Congress:

“Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act NOW.”

  • Equality Federation, Toni Broaddus, Executive Director
  • Family Equality Council, Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director
  • Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Lee Swislow, Executive Director
  • Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solmonese, President
  • National Black Justice Coalition, Sharon J. Lettman, Executive Director/CEO
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights, Kate Kendell, Esq., Executive Director
  • National Center for Transgender Equality, Mara Keisling, Executive Director
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, Rea Carey, Executive Director
  • National Stonewall Democrats, Michael Mitchell, Executive Director
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays National, Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director
  • Pride at Work, AFL-CIO, Peggy Shorey, Executive Director
  • Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Selisse Berry, Founding Executive Director
  • Transgender Law Center, Masen Davis, Executive Director
  • CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Terry Stone, Executive Director
  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Dr. Eliza Byard, Executive Director
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, San Francisco, Charles Sheehan and Bentrish Satarzadeh, Co-Chairs
  • A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), Clayola Brown, President
  • Advocates for Youth, James Wagoner, President
  • African American Ministers in Action, Rev. Timothy McDonald, Chairman
  • AID Gwinnett, Larry M. Lehman, Executive Director
  • AIDS Action Council, William D. McColl, Political Director
  • Alabama Gender Alliance, J. D. Freeman, President
  • Alaska Together for Equality, Inc., Elias Rojas, Board President
  • Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Debra Kolodny, Executive Director
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Gerald W. McEntee, President
  • American Federation Of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, President
  • American Humanist Association, Karen Frantz, Communication and Policy Director
  • Arizona Stonewall Democrats, Erica Keppler, Chair
  • Arizona Trans Alliance, Erica Keppler, Co-Chair
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Amado Uno, Executive Director
  • Association of Flight Attendants – CWA, Patricia Friend, President
  • Atlanta Stonewall Democrats, Tim Cairl, President
  • Basic Rights Oregon, Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director
  • Baystate Stonewall Democrats, Claire Naughton, President
  • Bi Writers Association, Sheela Lambert, Founder
  • Bisexual Resource Center, Ellyn Ruthstrom, President
  • Black Pride Los Angeles, Milton Smith, Board President
  • California Council Of Churches/IMPACT, The Rev. Dr. Rick Schlosser, Executive Director
  • California Faith for Equality, Kerry Chaplin, Interfaith Organizing Director
  • Celtic Circle Church of US and Scotland, Rev. Lord Arteo MacAiken Sneath, Founding Elder Clergy/CEO
  • Central City AIDS Network, Inc, The Rainbow Center, Johnny Fambo, Executive Director
  • Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, Robert F. Rivera, President
  • Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), Karen J. See, President
  • COLAGE, Beth Teper, Executive Director
  • Colorado Stonewall Democrats, Karen Bachman, Vice-Chair
  • Communications Workers of America, Annie Hill, Executive Vice President
  • Community Alliance and Action Network, Tim Pierce, President
  • Community Health Awareness Council, Monique Kane, Executive Director
  • Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi
  • Consortium for Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, Debbie Bazarsky, Co-Chair
  • Coqsure, Cris Land, Founder and Administrator
  • DC Trans Coalition, Sadie-Ryanne Baker, Leadership Committee Co-Chair
  • Democratic Party of Oregon, Meredith Wood-Smith, Chair
  • Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE), Paul Almeida, President
  • DignityUSA, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director
  • Empire State Pride Agenda, Joe Tarver, Interim Executive Director
  • Equal Rights Washington, Joshua Friedes, Executive Director
  • Equality Alabama, Lori Stabler, Board Co-Chair
  • Equality Arizona, Mike Remedi, Co-Chair Board of Directors
  • Equality California, Geoff Kors, Executive Director
  • Equality Florida, Nadine Smith, Executive Director
  • Equality Hawaii, Paul Gracie, Co-Chair
  • Equality Illinois, Bernard Cherkasov, Esq., CEO
  • Equality Iowa, Sandy Vopalka, Founder
  • Equality Maine, Betsy Smith, Executive Director
  • Equality Maryland, Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Executive Director
  • Equality North Carolina, Ian Palmquist, Executive Director
  • Equality Ohio, Sue Doerfer, Executive Director
  • Equality South Dakota, Robert Doody, Chair
  • Equality Texas, Chuck Smith, Interim Executive Director
  • Equality Toledo Community Action, David Mann, President
  • Fair Housing of Marin, Nancy Kenyon, Executive Director
  • Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, Peter Harvey, Executive Director
  • Fair Wisconsin, Katie Belanger, Executive Director
  • Fairness West Virginia, Stephen Skinner, President
  • Families United Against Hate (FUAH), Gabi Clayton, Board President
  • Female-To-Male International, Rabbi Levi Alter, President
  • Fight OUT Loud, Waymon Hudson, President
  • Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, Michael Albetta, Caucus President
  • Florida Together, Ted Howard, Executive Director
  • FORGE, Michael Munson, Executive Director
  • Forum For Equality, SarahJane Brady, Managing Director
  • Forward Montana, Matt Singer, CEO
  • Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson, Executive Director
  • FTM International Albuquerque, NM Chapter, Adrien Lawyer, Leader
  • FTM International Atlanta, GA Chapter, BT, Leader
  • FTM International Bay Area, CA AFLOAT-SOFFA Chapter, Genie Moore, Leader
  • FTM International North Texas Chapter, Clay Rieber, Leader
  • FTM International Ohio Chapter, Jake Nash, Leader
  • FTM International Sacramento, CA Chapter, Marty Diaz, Leader
  • FTM International San Buenaventura, CA Chapter, Seth Mwansa, Leader
  • FTMI International San Diego, CA Chapter, Connor Maddocks, Leader
  • Garden State Equality, Steven Goldstein, Chair and CEO
  • Gay And Lesbian Labor Activist Network
  • Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, Rebecca Allison, MD, President
  • Gay City Health Project, Fred Swanson, Executive Director
  • Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida, Doug Landreth, Founder
  • Gay Liberation Network, Andy Thayer, Co-Founder
  • Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools, Cindy Crane, Executive Director
  • Gays and Lesbians United Against Discrimination, Caleb Laieski, Executive Director
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Carolyn Laub, Executive Director
  • Greater Seattle Business Association GSBA, Louise Chernin, Executive Director
  • Gender Justice LA, Latrice Johnson, Executive Director
  • Gender Rights Advocacy Association of NJ, Barbra Casbar Siperstein, Director
  • Gentle Spirit Christian Church, Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
  • Georgia Equality, Jeff Graham, Executive Director
  • Georgia Rural Urban Summit, Larry Pellegrini, Executive Director
  • Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, Jeffrey D. Richardson, President
  • GetEQUAL, Kip Williams, Co-Founder
  • GLBT Bar Association of Washington, Cynthia Buhr, President
  • Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, San Francisco, David Waggoner and Denise D’Anne, Co-Presidents
  • H.E.R.O., Meg Sneed, Co-founder
  • Holy Sprit Ecumenical Church – Largo, FL, Rev Steven M. Rosczewski, Pastor
  • Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc, Scott W. Gehl, Executive Director
  • Human Rights Campaign of Vanderbilt University, Luis Munoz, President
  • Immigration Equality, Julie Kruse, Policy Director
  • Ingersoll Gender Center, Marsha Botzer, Co-President
  • Integrity USA, John Clinton Bradley, Acting Executive Director
  • Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality, The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, Co-Chair
  • International Court Council, Coco LaChine, President
  • International Federation of Black Prides, Inc, Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO, James A. Williams, General President
  • Jacksonville Now, Jeremy Gould, CEO
  • Jefferson County, Colorado, Democratic Party, GLBT Caucus, David Reaser, Chair
  • Jewish Family & Career Services – The Rainbow Center in Atlanta, Gary Miller, CEO
  • Join the Impact, Chicago, Lindsey Dietzler, Organizer
  • Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, Inc, Tracee McDaniel, Executive Director
  • Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center, Antonio David Garcia, Executive Director
  • Kentucky Fairness Alliance, Travis Myles, Chairperson
  • Keshet, Idit Klein, Executive Director
  • KnoxBoyz of East Tennessee, BEAR A-M Rodgers, Founding Executive Director
  • KnoxGirlz of East Tennessee, Deirdre Radcliffe, Executive Director
  • Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director
  • LaGender Inc, Dee Dee Chamblee, Executive Director
  • Lambda Legal, Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director
  • Lavender Caucus SEIU, Eastern Region, Tony Fernandes, President
  • Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Anthony J. Karrat, Esq., Executive Director
  • Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, Joan M. Graff, President
  • Legal Voice, Lisa Stone, Executive Director
  • Lepoco Peace Center, Nancy Tate, Executive Director
  • Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens (LGBDQ), Bruce Friedman, President
  • Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, Claudia E. Stallman, Project Director
  • LGBT Change, Anthony Martinez, Co-Executive Director
  • LGBT Stonewall Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Roland Winston, Chairman
  • Log Cabin Republicans, Terry Hamilton, National Chairman
  • Long Island Housing Services, Michelle Santantonio, Executive Director
  • Love Makes a Family PAC, Martin L. Heft, Chairman
  • Lutherans Concerned/North America, Ross Murray, Interim Executive Director
  • Maine Transgender Network, Inc, Alex Roan, Executive Director
  • Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association, David Eppley, Co-Chair
  • Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Gunner Scott, Executive Director
  • Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization, Leslie J. Calman, Ph.D., Executive Director
  • MEGA Family Project, Kathy Kelly, Executive Director
  • Metropolitan Community Churches, The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator
  • Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc., Jim McCarthy, President/CEO
  • Michigan AIDS Coalition, Detroit, Michigan, Craig Covey, Operating Officer
  • More Light Presbyterians, Michael J. Adee, Executive Director
  • NAACP, Hilary O. Shelton, Director NAACP Washington Bureau & Senior VP for Advocacy and Policy
  • National Caucus SEIU, Tom Barbera, President
  • National Coalition for LGBT Health, Rebecca Fox, Executive Director
  • National Council of Jewish Women, Nancy Ratzan, President
  • National Fair Housing Alliance, Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO
  • National Marriage Boycott, Laura Wadden, Executive Director
  • National Organization for Women – Alabama, Shirley Ann Rawls, President
  • National Student Genderblind Campaign, David Norton, Executive Director
  • National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), Gregory Varnum, Executive Director
  • New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition, Mo Baxley, Executive Director
  • New Mexico GLBTQ Centers, David Stocum, Executive Director
  • New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Pauline Park, Chair
  • New York Transgender Rights Organization (NYTRO), Joann Prinzivalli, Executive Director
  • Northwest PA Trans Group, Joanne Lynn Benjamin, Founder
  • Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), Nancy Wohlforth, Secretary-Treasurer Emerita
  • One Colorado, Lea Ann Purvis, Interim Executive Director
  • Our Family Coalition, Judy Appel, Executive Director
  • Out4Immigration, Amos Lim, Founding Board Member
  • One Iowa, Carolyn Jenison, Executive Director
  • OutFront Minnesota, Amy Johnson, Executive Director
  • Outlet Program, Eileen Ross, Director
  • Outright Vermont, Melissa Murray, Executive Director
  • PA Diversity Network, Liz Bradbury, Executive Director
  • Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, Rand Hoch, President and Founder
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals of Jacksonville, FL, Frieda Saraga, President
  • People For the American Way, Michael B. Keegan, President
  • Perpetual Transition, Casey Lanham, Co-Founder
  • PFLAG-Vero Beach, Carl Burns, Treasurer
  • Pikes Peak Gay & Lesbian Community Center, Ryan Acker, Executive Director
  • Pride At Work, Martin Luther King County WA Chapter, Mike Andrews, Secretary-Treasurer, Chapter Lead
  • Pride Tampa Bay, R. Zeke Fread, Executive Director
  • PROMO (Missouri), A. J. Bockelman, Executive Director
  • ReachOut USA, Don Dew, Executive Director
  • Religious Institute, The Reverend Debra W. Haffner, Executive Director
  • Respect Resource Group, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Randy Kammer, Executive Sponsor
  • Rockway Institute, a unit of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco campus, Robert-Jay Green, Executive Director
  • Room for All (Reformed Church in America), Rev. Robert D. Williams, Founding Co-President
  • RU12? Community Center and Vermont TransAction, Kara DeLeonardis, MSW, LICSW, Executive Director
  • S. U. R. E. Foundation, Dr. Mekah Gordon Ph.D., Founder/CEO
  • Safe Schools Coalition, Kyle Rapinan, Co-chair
  • San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Rebecca Rolfe, Executive Director
  • Santa Cruz County Task Force for LGBTIQ Youth, Stuart Rosenstein, Chair
  • SEIU 509 Lavender Caucus, Tom Barbera, President
  • Service Employees International Union, Anna Burger, International Secretary Treasurer
  • Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS), Joseph DiNorcia Jr., President and CEO
  • SOFFAs of East Tennessee Transgenders, Valerie Knight, Executive Director
  • South Bay Transmen, Lance Moore, Organizer
  • South Carolina Equality, B. Dean Pierce, Chair, Board of Directors
  • Stonewall Democratic Club of New York, Joseph G. Hagelmann, III, President
  • Stonewall Democratic Club of Southern Nevada, Derek Washington, Chair
  • Stonewall Democrats of Volusia & Flagler, Larry Glinzman, President
  • Stonewall Democrats of Pasco County, Jocelyn A. Dickman, President
  • Sunshine Social Services, Inc/SunServe, Mark Adler, MPH, Executive Director
  • Tennessee Equality Project, H.G. Stovall, Board President
  • Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, Randy Cox, President/Chair
  • Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Marisa Richmond, Ph.D., President
  • Tennessee Vals, Vickie Davis, Chair Woman
  • The American Institute of Bisexuality, Denise Penn MSW, Director
  • The Center (Des Moines, Iowa), Sandy Vopalka, Administrator
  • The Center For Artistic Revolution, Randi M. Romo, Executive Director
  • The Center for HIV Law and Policy, Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director
  • The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS), Bernard Schlager, Ph.D., Executive Director
  • The Crystal Club, Barbie Rogers, President
  • The Family Tree LGBT Community Center, Jim Van Riper, Co-Chair
  • The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation, Hebrew Union
  • Collage-Jewish Institute of Religion, Dr. Joel Kushner, Director
  • The Pride Center at Equality Park, Paul Hyman, Executive Director
  • Trans/Giving Arts Showcase, Kalil Cohen, Lead Organizer
  • Trans-Action Initiative of Bard College, Kira Gilman, Club Head
  • TransActive Education & Advocacy, Jenn Burleton, Executive Director
  • Transgender at Work, Mary Ann Horton, Chair
  • Transgender Education Network of Texas, Lisa Scheps, Executive Director
  • Transgender Equality Rights Initiative (TERI), Jacqui Charvet, Co-Administrator
  • Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, Michael Silverman, Executive Director
  • TransOhio, Shane Morgan, Founder & Chair
  • Triangle Community Center, Norwalk, CT, Christopher J. Spiegelman, Board President
  • Triangle Foundation/Michigan Equality, Alicia Skillman, Executive Director
  • Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce, Sheldon Fishman, President
  • UNITE HERE International Union, John Wilhelm, President
  • United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries, Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Minister
  • Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry, CA, Rev. Lindi Ramsden, Executive Director
  • Vermont Freedom to Marry Action Committee, Beth Robinson, Chair
  • Washington Gender Alliance, Rory Gould, President
  • Western Mass Pride at Work, David James, President
  • WKJCE TLGB Radio, Alanna Maneer, Co Founder
  • Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER), Mary E. Hunt, Executive Director
  • YouthPride, Inc, Terence McPhaul, Executive Director