From a July 28, 2011 National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) email blast:
The debt ceiling gridlock has overshadowed economic priorities for transgender people like job creation and job discrimination. In a recession like this, Congress needs to create jobs and protect the people who have and need them.
Through coordinated action among transgender advocates and allies like you, we can enact employment protections that transgender people desperately need. Nine out of ten transgender people experience disrespect, discrimination or harassment on the job. This is wrong and ENDA can provide the fair and equal treatment in the workplace that everybody deserves.
Though a vote on ENDA is not likely this Congress, the work we all do now will set us up for victory when a vote is next on the table.
You’ll be more confident about the meeting if you bring five of your friends with you. Show our strength in numbers and recruit five allies and advocates to join you.
Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality
P.S., Tell us about your visit after you’re done.
Yup. Even though this is a nongood Congress for passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the work towards full equality can’t stop. If we want this jobs legislation to pass in the next congress, then we need to lay the groundwork for that passage now.
And, this call to action isn’t just for trans people. This is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people.