Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Gay labor calls for ENDA vigil Monday in SF

Pride at Work, an alliance of LGBT labor, has called for a 24-hour vigil beginning Monday, October 1 at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office in an effort to put pressure on congressional Democrats to scuttle a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that does not include gender identity.

Meeting in the city this weekend, Pride at Work also voted to oppose the current version of ENDA. As reported on the Bay Area Reporter’s Web site Thursday, Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) announced that he’d introduce a version of ENDA this week that drops gender identity and gender expression. That decision was made after Democrats determined there were not enough votes to pass the trans-inclusive ENDA.

At a press conference Friday, Pride at Work Co-President T. Santora said the new version of ENDA is “unacceptable.”

“We’re not happy and we’ll express that very clearly to the speaker,” Santora said.

Pelosi is scheduled to be honored by the Human Rights Campaign at its national dinner October 6 in Washington, D.C. Pride at Work called for supporters to picket that event.

HRC has been notably silent regarding the changes to ENDA, legislation it has championed for years. On Friday, President Joe Solmonese issued a statement on his blog that said the group was not happy with last week’s developments.

Monday’s vigil starts at 8 a.m. outside the Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue. Participants are asked to wear black.

— Cynthia Laird, September 30, 2007 @ 11:35 am PST
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