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Abstract: Coalition lobbying for a transgender-inclusive ENDA grows to 300 organizations.

Nearly 300 organizations, representing the full scope and breadth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, have launched a united lobbying and advocacy campaign to win passage of a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), H.R. 2015. Called United ENDA, the campaign builds off the past week's unprecedented efforts by legal groups, political organizations, grassroots activists and many others to maintain protections on the basis of gender identity in ENDA as the measure was originally introduced.
The groups, which include leading legal organizations such as Lambda Legal and faith groups such as the Religious Coalition for Equality and our own Lutherans Concerned (LCNA), have signed a joint letter to Congress objecting to a diminished bill that abandons transgender people. As a result of letter and direct lobbying by staff from LGBT organizations and constituents, a scheduled House committee hearing on a version of ENDA that strips protections for transgender people was postponed last week.
United ENDA groups are coordinating lobbying and communicating daily to keep pressure on Congress. In the past week alone, thousands of constituents have called or sent e-mails to their U.S. representatives urging them to support a transgender-inclusive ENDA.
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(Vol. I, xlviii October 12, 2007 )

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