Our friend, Terrance Laney, had to wait tables to help pay for college. He did well, but soon faced repeated homophobic taunts. He was pushed out of the restaurant when they cut his hours to prevent too many gays from working a shift together.
When he went to work on Capitol Hill, the closet followed him. The Hill is a "conservative" place, he was told, meaning that he couldn't be "out" and successful, and he was not the only one pressured against coming out. His story is not unlike the story thousands of young people who are trapped in hostile work environments, afraid of coming out to their coworkers, or fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Today, you can be fired in 29 states for being lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and in 38 for being transgender. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will provide basic job protections based on merit, and not on who you are or who you love, in all 50 states.
With 202 cosponsors, this landmark civil rights bill has more support in Congress than any other LGBT legislation in history. But time is running out. Without Congressional action now, LGBT people will continue to lose their jobs.
Tell Congress to pass ENDA now: fill out the form below to send your message.
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