MEDIA ADVISORY: PFLAG Calls on Congress to Pass ENDA Now

May 17, 2010  

Jean-Marie Navetta
PFLAG National
(202) 467-8180 ext. 213  


National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Leaders,
Community Members Demand Vote on ENDA

At Tuesday press conference, LGBT rights advocates will highlight congressional inaction on ENDA as part of National ENDA Action Week  


Press conference to demand immediate action in both the House and Senate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It is part of a series of actions nationwide this week calling for a vote on ENDA.  


Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director, PFLAG National

Frank Kameny, longtime activist who was fired from his job over five decades ago due to sexual orientation discrimination; 50-plus years later, he can still be denied a job for that same reason unless ENDA is passed

Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality Michael Mitchell, Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats

Sharon Lettman, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition

Michael Mitchell, Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats

Gloria Nieto, California resident, former member of the Democratic National Committee, former executive director of the People of Color AIDS Foundation, currently unemployed

Liz Seaton, Director of Projects and Managing Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Peggy Shorey, Executive Director, Pride at Work

Terrance L., a gay man who has been closeted in previous employment

Donna P., a transgender woman from the Baltimore area who was fired from two jobs  


Tuesday, May 18, Noon (ET)  


National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., Lisagor Room, Washington, D.C.  


It remains legal in 29 states to discriminate against an employee based on sexual orientation, and in 38 states it is legal to discriminate against an employee based on gender identity. ENDA would ban such discrimination.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates have been lobbying for ENDA’s passage for years. There are enough votes in the House right now to pass ENDA, yet the delays continue and leadership seems unwilling to move forward with a bill to secure the most basic of civil rights, the right to work.

LGBT rights leaders and community members are demanding an immediate vote on ENDA, and are sending a united message to congressional leadership: No more excuses, no more delays: Pass ENDA now.