Google+ and GLAAD are partnering to host a hangout Wednesday, November 6th, at 2 pm ET in order to discuss the importance of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would expand upon previous legislation that protects employees from being fired due to their race, age, gender, religion, or national origin to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Although many states have passed similar legislation, there are still 29 states where one can be fired because of their sexual orientation and 33 where gender identity is not protected. ENDA has a long and storied history, having been proposed in Congress nearly every session for the past two decades with no success. It has recently moved back into the media spotlight due to the fact that it is swiftly heading towards passage in the Senate, with all 55 Senate Democrats and 7 Senate Republicans having declared their support and thus surpassing the 60 vote hurdle to prevent a filibuster. Although it has been enthusiastically supported by President Obama, it faces significant opposition in the Republican controlled House, where Speaker John Boehner has been adamant in his opposition.
The panel will include:
GLAAD's own Tiq Milan, who will serve as moderator
Chris Geidner, Legal Editor at Buzzfeed
Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality
Brian Martin, an Atlantan who has experienced workplace discrimination
Aisha Moodie-Mills, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
Given its precarious fate, ENDA needs all of the advocates it can get. If you're interested in protecting LGBT people in the workplace, please tune in to learn the facts and find out how you can help encourage its passage.