EEOC Ruling

So what does this recent EEOC ruling mean? It means that sexual orientation discrimination is now considered sex discrimination, because the gender of you and the gender of who you love means it’s about gender, not orientation, per se. The… Continue Reading

Obama Adds Protections

President Obama will sign executive orders to grant employees working for federal contractors and federal workers freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That is, he’s doing what Congress – the House, specifically – has not done… Continue Reading

Appleton’s Non Discimination Ordinance

Last night, the city of Appleton, WI passed a non discrimination ordinance that is inclusive of gender identity and expression. It passed the City Council 12-2, with awesome work by staff, council members, and Fair Wisconsin, and by my wife,… Continue Reading

ENDA Again?

So it looks like ENDA may come to a vote early next week – according to Harry Reid. The bill is unlikely to gain much traction in the Republican controlled House, but could provide Democrats with another opportunity to paint… Continue Reading

#ENDA Committee Votes 15-7 in Favor

This is good news: a 15-7 vote, says the Maddow blog, means there may actually be bipartisan support for ENDA, at long last.  

Mark Pocan (D-WI) on ENDA and ExxonMobil

Pretty simply put with a lot of useful information about why ExxonMobil is the exception and not the rule and need to get out of the way of this important American legislation. Mark Pocan is gay, out, and is now… Continue Reading

ENDA Update

Finally, someone new to take on ENDA! A Colorado congressman who’s set to become the most senior openly gay member of the U.S. House is pledging to take the lead on perhaps the most high-profile piece of pro-LGBT legislation: the… Continue Reading

ENDA Again

Gay City News has an interesting article on the possibility of ENDA being passed be Executive Order. Mara Keisling of NCTE gets cranky about it, & rightfully so. But it’s an interesting idea, & might especially be interesting to those… Continue Reading

Anti-Non-Discrimination, or Legal Discrimination

What the hell is going on in this country? While I find most of my students are surprised – and appalled – that there is no federal non-discrimination legislation that includes LGBTQs, states are now passing amendments to prevent any… Continue Reading

ENDA Returns

As if my days aren’t heady enough living in Wisconsin, it turns out that ENDA is about to be introduced in DC. It’s not expected to pass, however. But the general consensus among Capitol Hill observers is that passage of… Continue Reading

Canada’s ENDA

Canada’s version of ENDA – which adds both ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ has passed the House of Commons, and next it will need to pass the Senate.

Discrimination Against Trans People Documented

NCTE and The Task Force released the findings of an extensive survey on the kinds of discrimination faced by trans people in the US. It’s not good news, and anyone who is surprised that it’s not good news hasn’t been… Continue Reading

The Vegas 8

Eight protestors stopped traffic on the Vegas strip in order to get Harry Reid to act on the pending ENDA legislation: Fantastic, all of you & thank you for a creative, cool way to do it. (via The Advocate)

Pelosi, Don’t Hold Up ENDA

Dem leadership is holding up ENDA, even though the whip counts are complete and we have the votes. Email Speaker Nancy Pelosi for ENDA:

Good News: ENDA & DADT Update

ENDA & the bill to repeal DADT are supposed to go to the floor this month! Meanwhile, the whip count on ENDA, which Obama also backs, is entering its fifth week. The effort has most recently focused on rechecking support… Continue Reading

Unemployed Trans + ENDA Direct Action

NCTE has a direct action going on. If you’re a trans person or ally who is out of work, you can drop off your resume + cover letter to your local Congressperson, and then send copies to NCTE who will… Continue Reading

Petition Pelosi to Move ENDA

More than 16,000 people have signed the petition to get Nancy Pelosi to move ENDA to the House floor for a vote. There are growing indications that ENDA will move to a markup and a vote in the next two… Continue Reading

Move ENDA Now

Take Action: Demand LGBT Employment Rights Today Note from Helen: (en)gender is participating in a blogswarm today with Bilerico Project, Daily Kos, Open Left, Towleroad, Pam’s House Blend, Joe My God, Michelangelo Signorile, David Mixner, Daily Gotham, Culture Kitchen, Taylor… Continue Reading

Non-Discrimination News

Cleveland just okayed non-discrimination protections for their transgender citizens. Now the country needs to do the same.

ENDA Hearings

The Congressional Hearings about ENDA happened yesterday, & you can find the archived webcast on the website of the Committee on Education & Labor. You can also catch excerpts on YouTube. Watch, read, listen, but then: Contact the Capitol Switchboard… Continue Reading