LGBT and Allied Groups Call on Congress to Pass ENDA Now

posted on Wed, Apr 21 2010 1:52 pm by Kevin Nix

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LGBT AND ALLIED GROUPS CALL ON CONGRESS TO PASS ENDA NOW More than 200 Organizations Demand Immediate Action

WASHINGTON, April 21 — Today, the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, along with allies in the faith, labor and civil rights communities, issued the following statement to members of the United States Congress:

"Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act NOW."

Equality Federation, Toni Broaddus, Executive Director

Family Equality Council, Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Lee Swislow, Executive Director

Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solmonese, President

National Black Justice Coalition, Sharon J. Lettman, Executive Director/CEO

National Center for Lesbian Rights, Kate Kendell, Esq., Executive Director

National Center for Transgender Equality, Mara Keisling, Executive Director

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, Rea Carey, Executive Director

National Stonewall Democrats, Michael Mitchell, Executive Director

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays National, Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director

Pride at Work, AFL-CIO, Peggy Shorey, Executive Director

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Selisse Berry, Founding Executive Director

Transgender Law Center, Masen Davis, Executive Director

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Terry Stone, Executive Director

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Shawn Gaylord, Director of Public Policy

A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), Clayola Brown, President

Advocates for Youth, James Wagoner, President

African American Ministers in Action, Rev. Timothy McDonald, Chairman

AID Gwinnett, Larry M. Lehman, Executive Director

AIDS Action Council, William D. McColl, Political Director

Alabama Gender Alliance, J. D. Freeman, President

Alaska Together for Equality, Inc., Elias Rojas, Board President

Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Debra Kolodny, Executive Director 2

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Gerald W. McEntee, President

American Federation Of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, President

American Humanist Association, Karen Frantz, Communication and Policy Director

Arizona Stonewall Democrats, Erica Keppler, Chair

Arizona Trans Alliance, Erica Keppler, Co-Chair

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Amado Uno, Executive Director

Association of Flight Attendants - CWA, Patricia Friend, President

Atlanta Stonewall Democrats, Tim Cairl, President

Basic Rights Oregon, Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director

Baystate Stonewall Democrats, Claire Naughton, President

Bi Writers Association, Sheela Lambert, Founder

Bisexual Resource Center, Ellyn Ruthstrom, President

Black Pride Los Angeles, Milton Smith, Board President

California Council Of Churches/IMPACT, The Rev. Dr. Rick Schlosser, Executive Director

California Faith for Equality, Kerry Chaplin, Interfaith Organizing Director

Celtic Circle Church of US and Scotland, Rev. Lord Arteo MacAiken Sneath, Founding Elder Clergy/CEO

Central City AIDS Network, Inc, The Rainbow Center, Johnny Fambo, Executive Director

Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, Robert F. Rivera, President

Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), Karen J. See, President

COLAGE, Beth Teper, Executive Director

Colorado Stonewall Democrats, Karen Bachman, Vice-Chair

Communications Workers of America, Annie Hill, Executive Vice President

Community Alliance and Action Network, Tim Pierce, President

Community Health Awareness Council, Monique Kane, Executive Director

Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi

Consortium for Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, Debbie Bazarsky, Co-Chair

Coqsure, Cris Land, Founder and Administrator

DC Trans Coalition, Sadie-Ryanne Baker, Leadership Committee Co-Chair

Democratic Party of Oregon, Meredith Wood-Smith, Chair

Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE), Paul Almeida, President

DignityUSA, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director

Empire State Pride Agenda, Joe Tarver, Interim Executive Director

Equal Rights Washington, Joshua Friedes, Executive Director

Equality Alabama, Lori Stabler, Board Co-Chair

Equality Arizona, Mike Remedi, Co-Chair Board of Directors

Equality California, Geoff Kors, Executive Director

Equality Florida, Nadine Smith, Executive Director

Equality Hawaii, Paul Gracie, Co-Chair

Equality Illinois, Bernard Cherkasov, Esq., CEO

Equality Iowa, Sandy Vopalka, Founder

Equality Maine, Betsy Smith, Executive Director

Equality Maryland, Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Executive Director

Equality North Carolina, Ian Palmquist, Executive Director

Equality Ohio, Sue Doerfer, Executive Director

Equality South Dakota, Robert Doody, Chair

Equality Texas, Chuck Smith, Interim Executive Director

Equality Toledo Community Action, David Mann, President

Fair Housing of Marin, Nancy Kenyon, Executive Director

Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, Peter Harvey, Executive Director 3

Fair Wisconsin, Katie Belanger, Executive Director

Fairness West Virginia, Stephen Skinner, President

Families United Against Hate (FUAH), Gabi Clayton, Board President

Female-To-Male International, Rabbi Levi Alter, President

Fight OUT Loud, Waymon Hudson, President

Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, Michael Albetta, Caucus President

Florida Together, Ted Howard, Executive Director

FORGE, Michael Munson, Executive Director

Forum For Equality, SarahJane Brady, Managing Director

Forward Montana, Matt Singer, CEO

Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson, Executive Director

FTM International Albuquerque, NM Chapter, Adrien Lawyer, Leader

FTM International Atlanta, GA Chapter, BT, Leader

FTM International Bay Area, CA AFLOAT-SOFFA Chapter, Genie Moore, Leader

FTM International North Texas Chapter, Clay Rieber, Leader

FTM International Ohio Chapter, Jake Nash, Leader

FTM International Sacramento, CA Chapter, Marty Diaz, Leader

FTM International San Buenaventura, CA Chapter, Seth Mwansa, Leader

FTMI International San Diego, CA Chapter, Connor Maddocks, Leader

Garden State Equality, Steven Goldstein, Chair and CEO

Gay And Lesbian Labor Activist Network

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, Rebecca Allison, MD, President

Gay City Health Project, Fred Swanson, Executive Director

Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida, Doug Landreth, Founder

Gay Liberation Network, Andy Thayer, Co-Founder

Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools, Cindy Crane, Executive Director

Gays and Lesbians United Against Discrimination, Caleb Laieski, Executive Director

Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Carolyn Laub, Executive Director

Greater Seattle Business Association GSBA, Louise Chernin, Executive Director

Gender Justice LA, Latrice Johnson, Executive Director

Gender Rights Advocacy Association of NJ, Barbra Casbar Siperstein, Director

Gentle Spirit Christian Church, Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Georgia Equality, Jeff Graham, Executive Director

Georgia Rural Urban Summit, Larry Pellegrini, Executive Director

Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, Jeffrey D. Richardson, President

GetEQUAL, Kip Williams, Co-Founder

GLBT Bar Association of Washington, Cynthia Buhr, President

Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, San Francisco, David Waggoner, Co-President

H.E.R.O., Meg Sneed, Co-founder

Holy Sprit Ecumenical Church - Largo, FL, Rev Steven M. Rosczewski, Pastor

Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc, Scott W. Gehl, Executive Director

Human Rights Campaign of Vanderbilt University, Luis Munoz, President

Immigration Equality, Julie Kruse, Policy Director

Ingersoll Gender Center, Marsha Botzer, Co-President

Integrity USA, John Clinton Bradley, Acting Executive Director

Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality, The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, Co-Chair

International Court Council, Coco LaChine, President

International Federation of Black Prides, Inc, Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO, James A. Williams, General President 4

Jacksonville Now, Jeremy Gould, CEO

Jefferson County, Colorado, Democratic Party, GLBT Caucus, David Reaser, Chair

Jewish Family & Career Services - The Rainbow Center in Atlanta, Gary Miller, CEO

Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, Inc, Tracee McDaniel, Executive Director

Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center, Antonio David Garcia, Executive Director

Kentucky Fairness Alliance, Travis Myles, Chairperson

Keshet, Idit Klein, Executive Director

KnoxBoyz of East Tennessee, BEAR A-M Rodgers, Founding Executive Director

KnoxGirlz of East Tennessee, Deirdre Radcliffe, Executive Director

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director

LaGender Inc, Dee Dee Chamblee, Executive Director

Lambda Legal, Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director

Lavender Caucus SEIU, Eastern Region, Tony Fernandes, President

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Anthony J. Karrat, Esq., Executive Director

Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center, Joan M. Graff, President

Legal Voice, Lisa Stone, Executive Director

Lepoco Peace Center, Nancy Tate, Executive Director

Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens (LGBDQ), Bruce Friedman, President

Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, Claudia E. Stallman, Project Director

LGBT Stonewall Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Roland Winston, Chairman

Long Island Housing Services, Michelle Santantonio, Executive Director

Love Makes a Family PAC, Martin L. Heft, Chairman

Lutherans Concerned/North America, Ross Murray, Interim Executive Director

Maine Transgender Network, Inc, Alex Roan, Executive Director

Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association, David Eppley, Co-Chair

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Gunner Scott, Executive Director

Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization, Leslie J. Calman, Ph.D., Executive Director

MEGA Family Project, Kathy Kelly, Executive Director

Metropolitan Community Churches, The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator

Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc., Jim McCarthy, President/CEO

Michigan AIDS Coalition, Detroit, Michigan, Craig Covey, Operating Officer

More Light Presbyterians, Michael J. Adee, Executive Director

NAACP, Hilary O. Shelton, Director NAACP Washington Bureau & Senior VP for Advocacy and Policy

National Caucus SEIU, Tom Barbera, President

National Coalition for LGBT Health, Rebecca Fox, Executive Director

National Council of Jewish Women, Nancy Ratzan, President

National Fair Housing Alliance, Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO

National Marriage Boycott, Laura Wadden, Executive Director

National Organization for Women - Alabama, Shirley Ann Rawls, President

National Student Genderblind Campaign, David Norton, Executive Director

New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition, Mo Baxley, Executive Director

New Mexico GLBTQ Centers, David Stocum, Executive Director

New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Pauline Park, Chair

New York Transgender Rights Organization (NYTRO), Joann Prinzivalli, Executive Director

New York Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), Gregory Varnum, Executive Director

Northwest PA Trans Group, Joanne Lynn Benjamin, Founder

Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), Nancy Wohlforth, Secretary-Treasurer Emerita

One Colorado, Lea Ann Purvis, Interim Executive Director 5

Our Family Coalition, Judy Appel, Executive Director

Out4Immigration, Amos Lim, Founding Board Member

OutFront Minnesota, Amy Johnson, Executive Director

Outlet Program, Eileen Ross, Director

Outright Vermont, Melissa Murray, Executive Director

PA Diversity Network, Liz Bradbury, Executive Director

Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, Rand Hoch, President and Founder

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals of Jacksonville, FL, Frieda Saraga, President

People For the American Way, Michael B. Keegan, President

Perpetual Transition, Casey Lanham, Co-Founder

PFLAG-Vero Beach, Carl Burns, Treasurer

Pikes Peak Gay & Lesbian Community Center, Ryan Acker, Executive Director

Pride At Work, Martin Luther King County WA Chapter, Mike Andrews, Secretary-Treasurer, Chapter Lead

Pride Tampa Bay, R. Zeke Fread, Executive Director

PROMO (Missouri), A. J. Bockelman, Executive Director

Religious Institute, The Reverend Debra W. Haffner, Executive Director

Respect Resource Group, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Randy Kammer, Executive Sponsor

Rockway Institute, a unit of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco campus, Robert-Jay Green, Executive Director

Room for All (Reformed Church in America), Rev. Robert D. Williams, Founding Co-President

RU12? Community Center and Vermont TransAction, Kara DeLeonardis, MSW, LICSW, Executive Director

S. U. R. E. Foundation, Dr. Mekah Gordon Ph.D., Founder/CEO

Safe Schools Coalition, Kyle Rapinan, Co-chair

San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Rebecca Rolfe, Executive Director

Santa Cruz County Task Force for LGBTIQ Youth, Stuart Rosenstein, Chair

SEIU 509 Lavender Caucus, Tom Barbera, President

Service Employees International Union, Anna Burger, International Secretary Treasurer

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS), Joseph DiNorcia Jr., President and CEO