Perhaps one of our greatest challenges in advancing these much-needed protections is public misconception: Most Americans think there are already federal non-discrimination protections for gay and transgender employees in the workplace. It’s 2013, after all. From those who never follow politics to those who do it for a living, the refrain is the same: Of course there is such a law!
Sadly, there is not. Yet.
Senators on both sides of the aisle can begin the process of remedying that injustice. It’s time for Congress to pass this bill, 20 years in the making. At a time of relentless gridlock in Washington, this is an opportunity to get something meaningful done. Working to ensure freedom for all Americans and allow hard-working men and women across the country to provide for their families is a value we all share.
Nothing should stand in the way of every American pursuing his or her dream.
Matt McTighe is the campaign manager for Americans for Workplace Opportunity, the campaign to pass ENDA through Congress.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.