Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I've Clocked In for Equality

Today is Clock In for Equality, a day in support of workplace fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. A few statistics from the Human Rights Campaign:

In 33 states, it is legal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation.

In 42 states, it is legal to do so based on gender identity.

49 of the Fortune 50 companies include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies. (Exxon Mobil Corp. is the only company in the Fortune 50 that does not. And may they rot in hell.)

Interestingly, you can see that corporations have actually taken the lead in non-discrimination. I'm sure it's good for business. Now let's see if Congress can follow their lead.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is now in the U.S. House of Representatives. This act prohibits discrimination in the workplace by making it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on the person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Write to your congressperson today and tell him or her that you think the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is of critical importance. I have written to mine. And I've done enough activism to know that the letters do not have to be eloquent, they do not need to be pointed, they just need to plainly ask for support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (and they need to be numerous).