US: Record numbers as Transgender Lobby Day attacks ENDA religious exemptions

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A record number of transgender activists and allies have taken part in a lobbying event in D.C. to urge lawmakers to push through a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which does not include the broad religious exemption clause.

The proposed religious exemptions have caused several LGBT rights groups to drop their support for ENDA, which is currently being delayed by the House of Representatives.

Speaking to Senators and Representatives, around 200 lobbyists at the Transgender Lobby Day 2014 instead recommended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964) as an example of religious exemption which is narrow enough not to undermine the entire purpose of the Act.

Lobbyists also urged members of congress to support the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), introduced to both Houses in March 2011 to protect LGBT youths against discrimination in schools.

The two-day event, which took place from 14-15 July, included break-out sessions on improving transition-related health care, working against police profiling, and building power and diversity within the trans movement. The estimated 200 attendees is a record for the annual event.

It was organised jointly by several organisations: National Center for Trangender Equality (NCTE); Trans People of Color Coalition; Trans Latin

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US: Civil rights groups ask Obama not to include a religious exemption in upcoming executive order

Civil rights organisations are the latest group to oppose a religious exemption in Obama’s upcoming executive order Share on WhatsApp 1 reader comment

Over 60 civil rights organisations have signed a letter addressed to President Barack Obama today that urges him to not include a religious exemption in his upcoming executive order that bans federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers.

Among the letters notable signers are the NAACP, The Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, and The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

This letter comes after over one hundred faith leaders signed a similar letter to the president last week urging him to minimise the same religious exemption.

If included, the exemption would allow companies and service agencies with federal contracts, including some big-name corporations that do business with federal government, the ability to fire LGBT people for religious reasons.

The letter states:

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US: Faith-based leaders ask Obama to minimise religious exemption

Faith leaders have sent a letter to President Obama urging him to exclude a religious exemption from his upcoming executive order Share on WhatsApp 6 reader comments

Over one hundred faith leaders have signed a letter addressed to President Barack Obama urging him to minimise a religious exemption in his upcoming executive order, which serves to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

If included, the exemption would allow companies and service agencies with federal contracts, including some big-name corporations that do business with federal government, to fire LGBT people for religious reasons.

Signers of the letter include five seminary presidents, four former members of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and five members of a presidential taskforce to reform The Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The letter stated:

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Gay Rights Groups Pull Support For ENDA Over Sweeping Religious Exemption

WASHINGTON — Gay rights groups are jumping ship on legislation they previously hailed as one of their biggest priorities of the year: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Transgender Law Center announced in a joint statement on Tuesday that they are withdrawing support for the Senate ENDA bill because of its sweeping religious exemption.

The exemption

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US: Human Rights Campaign continues to support ENDA despite religious ‘license to discriminate’

The Human Rights Campaign continues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments

The Human Rights Campaign continues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, despite LGBT groups claiming it could lead to a religious ‘license to discriminate’ against gays.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act – which would ban homophobic discrimination in the workplace – has been stalled by Republicans in the US House of Representatives since last year.

However, following a series of compromises which strengthen religious freedom exemptions, yesterday the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the American Civil Liberties Union both announced their withdrawal of support for the measure.

A statement from the Task Force stated: “We are deeply concerned that ENDA’s broad exemption will be used as a similar license to discriminate across the country.”

Despite the shift, the Human Rights Campaign – which tackled anti-gay discrimination – has maintained support for the bill.

Human Rights Campaign Vice President Fred Sainz said yesterday: “HRC supports ENDA because it will provide essential workplace protections to millions of LGBT people.”

Obama confirmed plans to sign an executive order banning anti-gay workplace discrimination among federal contractors last month, following the stalling of ENDA.

Also last month, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Transgender Law Center, FreedomOhio, Equality New Mexico, Wyoming Equality and the Transgender Education Network of Texas all dropped support of the bill, saying it would give religious people a

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