Thursday, June 7, 2012

First Transgender Person to Speak to Senate about ENDA

The House has seen a transgender person testify on the issue of transgender rights in employment, but for the first time ever, the Senate will hear from a transgender witness, speaking about ENDA, the Employment Non Discrimination Act.

Kylar Broadus, founder of the Columbia, Mo., based Trans People of Color Coalition, is scheduled be among five witnesses who’ll speak during the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee hearing titled, “Equality At Work: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.” The hearing is set to begin at 10 am, Room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

According to his bio of the TPOCC website, Broadus is an attorney who hails from Missouri and founded the organization in 2010. He’s written essays of transgender rights, won awards for LGBT advocacy, is a board member of the National Black Justice Coalition and was formerly on the board for the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.

The Employment Non Discrimination Act, when passed, would protect Americans from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees

President Obama supports the bill, which was first introduced in 1994 and has failed to succeed in the 18 years since. 

English: U.S. LGBT employment discrimination law.
   Sexual orientation and gender identity: all employment
   Sexual orientation: all employment
   Sexual orientation and gender identity: state employment
   Sexual orientation: state employment
   No state-level protection for LGBT employees
Date November 24, 2011 (UTC) Source en:US LGBT civil rights August 2008.png + updates.

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