Discrimination is wrong. Americans understand this. Public support for nondiscrimination is off the charts — Gallup has placed it near 90%.
All hardworking Americans, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, should have the chance to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. Nobody should have to live in fear that they can be legally fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance.
So when we get close to having our nation’s laws finally catch up to our nation’s values, anti-gay activist groups like the Washington Times editorial board get desperate. How desperate? This weekend they published an editorial attacking the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), calling LGBT people “weirdos” and claiming that “discrimination is necessary.”
Here are the facts: Across America, LGBT people are being fired from their jobs just because of who they are. That’s wrong. It violates our nation’s core principles of fairness and equality. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act rights that wrong and should be passed.
More than 100 cities and 12 states across America have already passed similar nondiscrimination laws—and implemented them successfully. Those cities and states simply did not experience the terrible things that opponents of ENDA claim would happen.
And that’s why anti-gay activist groups like The Washington Times editorial board are engaging in these nasty, defamatory attacks. They’ve lost the argument, and they know the facts are not on their side. They know that America is rejecting their ugly anti-gay bias, so now all they can do is call people “weirdos” and use slurs and scare tactics to try and make people afraid.
Don’t waste your time expressing concerns to the Washington Times. They have a long history of anti-LGBT attacks. Any editorial board that would call LGBT people “weirdos” doesn’t have credibility worth salvaging.
Instead, get involved in the fight for ENDA today! Visit the resources below to make sure that you are plugged in to this week’s critically important push for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
SIGN THE UNITED ENDA ONLINE PETITION:
JOIN THE ONE ENDA FACEBOOK GROUP:
READ THE BLOG
FOR MORE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP FIGHT FOR ENDA:
Visit United ENDA: www.unitedenda.org
Rich Ferraro, Director of Communications, (646) 871-8011, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.