- June 30, 2013
This post comes from Christian Whipple, one of HRC's organizers on the ground in Utah, working to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
The Supreme Court made it very clear that discriminating against any minority just because you don’t like them, think they are weird or don’t approve of their lifestyle is wrong; yet people are still fired in 29 states just because they are gay and another 33 for being transgender. In a nation founded on Christian principles it is surprising that so much hate can still exist.
Here on the ground in Utah, we’ve been working on bringing this issue to the attention of the public, and what we have come to find has been amazing. People aren’t aware of this issue. The fact that it continues to happen isn’t the result of hate but rather a lack of knowledge.
We’ve been at local farmers markets and community events collecting postcards in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, meeting hundreds of people who weren’t aware that people can be fired purely for being who they are. The reaction for most is one of disgust and disbelief when they come to realize that their family members, friends and colleagues aren’t always safe to be who they are at the workplace.
With a vote coming up any day now on ENDA, it is crucial now more than ever to have your voice heard. Take action by calling on your senator to pass ENDA now.