Trans-Inclusive ENDA Passes Senate Committee

Photo by Julie Cortez, PQ Monthly.
Photo by Julie Cortez, PQ Monthly.
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee voted today 15-7 to approve a fully inclusive version of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. According to trans activist Meghan Stabler, it is the first Senate markup of the bill since 2002 and the first time a trans-inclusive version has passed committee in either chamber of Congress.

LGBTQ rights organization GetEQUAL issued a statement including the following:

“Today’s bipartisan passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act out of committee signals a strong opportunity for our community to finally find freedom in the workplace. We are one step closer to the American Dream of being judged by the work we do, not who we are or who we love.

Just two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of the United States finally said what we always knew — that our love and our lives are equal and should be treated equally under the law. But we can’t fully be equal if displaying our wedding picture at work can still get us fired.”

The bill moves on to the Senate floor. Read more about ENDA and what Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is doing to ensure it passes here.