(April 1)–In their ongoing efforts to end discrimination against transgender people, the NCTE staff is taking to the road. The team of six is heading out for a cross-country trip to visit every single employer who is biased against transgender people. As they piled into the Winnebago they borrowed, they issued this collective statement: “We’ve had it! For far too long, bigots have been bringing their prejudice into the workplace and taking it out on transgender people. It has got to stop! So we’re going to go have a talk with them.” The group plans to first attempt to reason with employers and then, “give ’em a piece of our minds,” if they won’t listen. Having loaded up on chips, soda, candy bars, and other road trip necessities, they pulled out of DC today while leaning out the windows shouting, “Discrimination has got to go!!”.
And it is, of course, April Fool’s Day.
We are not, in fact, heading out on a road trip. Instead, we are staying here in DC doing very serious work to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which will–in actuality–send a message to discriminatory employers across our country that their actions are no longer acceptable . It is time to make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people and other members of the LGBT community. Your members of Congress are at home right now, working from their districts. Will you please call their offices and let them know that support ENDA and you are calling on them to do so as well. Here’s all the info you need to make that call: http://transequality.org/ENDA.html#act_now. You can also find the district office numbers for your Representatives by visiting http://www.house.gov. Put your zip + 4 in the upper left hand corner and it will find your Rep. for you. Thanks for your help!