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Watch: Hearings on Inclusive ENDA Underway at Senate Panel

The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee began holding hearings on a fully-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act this morning at 10 am.

Enda You can watch a webcast of the hearings HERE.

Unfortunately, there are no transgender witnesses on the panel. HRC says it has submitted written testimony from two trans witnesses, HRC Board of Directors Member Meghan Stabler [pdf] and HRC Associate Director of Diversity Allyson Robinson [pdf].

Americablog notes: "The bill is sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and has 42 co-sponsors. The Majority Leader, while not a sponsor, is a strong supporter of ENDA."

Witness testimony list, AFTER THE JUMP...

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director Rea Carey released a statement: "We are on the heels of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act being signed into law. Without understating the importance of this monumental victory, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community needs ENDA, and we need it now. The path that too often ends in victimization begins with bias and discrimination in the workplace. ENDA must be a top priority as we press forward in the movement for equality. Our friends, families, neighbors — even strangers — have long believed that workplace discrimination against LGBT people is wrong. No one should be prevented from earning a livelihood and providing for their families simply because of who they are. ENDA reflects the core U.S. values of fairness and equality. People recognize that our nation as a whole benefits when everyone is allowed to contribute their talents and skills, free from discrimination, which is all ENDA seeks to do."

Witness Testimony

Panel I

Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC

Panel II

Helen Norton, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO
The Honorable Lisa Madigan, Attorney General, State of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Virginia Nguyen, Diversity & Inclusion Team Member, Nike, Inc., Beaverton, OR
Mike Carney, Police officer, City of Springfield Police Department, Springfield, MA
Craig Parshall, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Religious Broadcasters Association, Manassas, VA
Camille Olson, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, Chicago, IL

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  1. From our "half-full glass" department...maybe the Maine thing could inadvertantly help with the ENDA's passage. Lawmakers might be in the mood to try to make up for the marriage defeat with another major piece of legislation.

    On the half-empty side: a few Blue Dogs might be running scared after Tuesday, and won't be willing to stick their neck out on any gay issues until after 2010. (Hence Dick Durbin on repealing "DADT.")

    Posted by: Dback | Nov 5, 2009 12:50:52 PM


  2. Hopefully, ENDA's passage will give a needed shot in the arm to our movement and help in efforts to further Marriage Equality. I'm still hopeful even after Tuesday's calamity! NY seems poised to begin debate on the subject as early as Nov. 11th. Fingers crossed!

    Posted by: robert | Nov 6, 2009 5:34:30 AM


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