GLAAD has several couples and experts who can speak to the media about the importance of ENDA from a variety of perspectives.
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Tico Almeida launched Freedom to Work in the fall of 2011. He has extensive experience advocating for workplace fairness as a civil rights litigator in private practice and a legislative attorney in the U.S. Congress. From 2007 to 2010, Almeida served as lead counsel on the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) for the Committee on Education and Labor of the U.S. House of Representatives. He drafted several portions of the bill, organized Committee hearings in support of ENDA, and built a thorough Congressional record necessary to apply ENDA to State government employers. He has provided media commentary on ENDA to publications including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly, the Hill, Huffington Post, the Washington Blade, MetroWeekly, Bilerico, TowleRoad and the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills is the Advisor for LGBT Policy & Racial Justice at the Center for American Progress. Her work explores the intersections of race, sexual orientation, economics, and public policy. She has been recognized as one of the top “Forty Under 40” national LGBT leaders by The Advocate, and as one of The Root‘s 100 emerging and established leaders in the African-American community. Aisha was also a key strategist and spokesperson on behalf of marriage equality in the District of Columbia. Throughout her career, Aisha has served as a political advisor and private-sector liaison to more than 50 members of Congress including six senators and the Congressional Black Caucus.
Stephen Lovegrove was a rising junior at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina when he shared on the internet about how he identified as gay and Christian, and the administration took notice. The administration brought the situation to Lovegrove's attention, expressing a fear that if parents typed his name into Google, they would find his posts about being gay and feel uncomfortable with having him as their child's resident advisor. He was then informed this past Monday that he had lost his federally funded work-study position a resident advisor at his school. Lovegrove has announced that he is not returning to CSU in the fall. Not only has he lost the thousands of dollars that were helping him pay his tuition through his work-study as an RA, but he no longer feels comfortable at a school that can't accept him for being gay.
Brian Martin lives in Atlanta Georgia and has spent the last 20 years working in the telecommunications field as a management consultant and contact center manager. He was hired at a software company and was successful at his work. He was subject to several derogatory comments about his sexual orientation, age, and race by his supervisor. The more successful Brian was, the more inappropriate his supervisor got. He was told that he should “flame out” or that he should wear a tutu to an executive lunch. He was also told he was the highest ranking African-American in the company and should feel flattered. When Brian distanced himself from his supervisor over the comments, his performance rating, which had been stellar, was under attack. Eventually, he was terminated. Brian has hired an attorney and has filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission based on race, age and gender discrimination, as well as a complaint with the City of Atlanta Human Relations Commission.