Join Us LIVE This Thursday for an ‘ENDA Situation Room’


This Thursday at 2 pm, Towleroad will be webcasting the first-ever ENDA Situation Room at New York Law School, hosted by Freedom to Work, the leading advocacy organization for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

The event, moderated by Towleroad legal editor Ari Ezra Waldman, will consist of a bipartisan discussion of ENDA and the path to victory.

Towleroad readers can tweet questions they would like answered at the forum to @freedomtowork.

Speakers at the event will include Tico Almeida, President of Freedom to Work; Evan Wolfson, President of Freedom to Marry; Brad Sears, Executive Director of the Williams Institute at UCLA Law; Gregory T. Angelo, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans; Melissa Sklarz, Executive Director of Stonewall Democrats and Professor Ari Ezra Waldman of New York Law School, and legal editor for Towleroad. More additions may be announced in the coming days…

Join us here LIVE this Thursday for the webcast, from 2 to 4 pm ET.

Enda_obamaOver the weekend, President Obama tweeted the sad facts: "In 29 states, no state law protects you from being fired for being gay. Let's fix that."

Here's a report on the event from Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade, who spoke with Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson about this week's ENDA Situation Room:

Wolfson told the Washington Blade he envisions that his participation will facilitate a discussion on the ways successes from the marriage equality movement can be applied to ENDA.

“It’s going to really be more of a conversation about what are some of the lessons that we applied from history and from other movements in the shaping our strategy and campaign to bring the freedom to marry to the United States, and how can we apply some of those in the work to end employment discrimination,” Wolfson said.

The cross-pollination of the marriage equality strategy to other movements isn’t new for Wolfson, who said he’s been asked by other campaigns — ranging from the environment to voting rights efforts — to talk about the ways in which marriage equality achievements can be applied to these initiatives.


  1. says

    what stance is Angelo gonna take? that it’s a bullying oppressive-liberal tactic to tell people that they’re not allowed to discriminate in hiring?

    or will he predictably spend his time badmouthing Obama rather than copping to the reality that the leaders of his own chosen political party think discrimination against him should be legal?

  2. northalabama says

    does anyone actually believe this will go anywhere, at all, anytime soon, with this congress? sure, it’s always good to have the conversation to keep the issue at the forefront, but this is doa, and giving false hope is cruel.

    could there be 40 symbolic votes scheduled, like the attempts to repeal healthcare reform?

  3. Homo Genius says

    A law is good and all but really, its very hard to prove unless your employer says “hit the road, faggot”. As most blacks will attest, its simply a feeling you get. Like I know there are jobs I didn’t get because they perceived me as gay.

    Unless there is long term, systemic discrimination and a class action suit, these laws do little IMO