- June 4, 2013
Post submitted by Adrian Matanza, Former HRC Regional Field Director
Right now in 29 states, lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans can be fired for being who they are; in 34 states, transgender Americans can be fired. One of those states is Utah, where the LGBT community and allies this weekend celebrated Utah Pride. Many of those who came to the HRC booth in Salt Lake City were unaware of the lack of protections for LGBT Utahns. For others, the need for workplace protections in Utah and across the country was an immediate need.
HRC members and volunteers from the HRC Utah steering committee partnered with HRC staff to talk to LGBT and allied Utahns about the need for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is a key vote on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, where ENDA will be considered later this year.
National polls have consistently shown overwhelming support for prohibiting employment discrimination against LGBT people, and the support for ENDA was overwhelming in Salt Lake City too where thousands signed postcards to Sen. Hatch. One Pride-goer who relocated to Salt Lake City with his company from Sacramento told me that he now has to hide who he is to not face discrimination in the workplace.
HRC is on the ground in Utah and across the country working to make sure that U.S. senators know how important ENDA is for the LGBT community. Visit www.passENDAnow.org to send a message to your senators.