Baldwin fights for trans-inclusive ENDA

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October 11, 2007


"LGBT organizations and community activists continued to rally after last week's bruising intra-community battle over whether to seek a vote on a version of ENDA that includes only sexual orientation protection or insist that the legislation retain its protection for people based on gender identity.

"But the line is drawn between those who believe a two-bill strategy has the prospects for success in the near future and those who believe the stand-alone sexual orientation version is both a flawed version and a betrayal of transgender people in the LGBT community.

"...This year's original version of ENDA (HR 2015), which included both sexual orientation and gender identity, had 171 co-sponsors at its peak.

"But in addition to the idea of splitting that version into two bills to be voted on separately, the legislation has, according to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, suffered some revision that renders the sexual orientation stand-alone bill "far weaker" than its predecessor."


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