Human Rights Campaign Launches "10 in 10" for Inclusive ENDA

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ENDA "10 in 10" Drive Urges Supporters to Ask Ten Friends to Contact Congressional Representatives in the Next Ten Days

WASHINGTON-In an effort to bolster support for a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Human Rights Campaign has launched an action alert asking supporters to recruit ten friends to contact their Congressional representatives and urge them to support the most inclusive version of the bill. ENDA, which would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, is in danger of being stripped of language protecting transgender workers. The "10 in 10" campaign has a goal of generating 10,000 contacts with members of Congress in 10 days. This newly-launched effort is in addition to the previously announced lobbying efforts by HRC advocating for an inclusive ENDA.

"HRC continues to be committed to fighting for a fully inclusive ENDA bill that protects our entire community. We will work around the clock to speak to Members of Congress and advocate for a piece of legislation that includes all GLBT workers," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "We need everyone to be part of these efforts by pledging to contact 10 people today and make sure that Congress hears an inclusive voice from supporters of equality."

Since the announcement that ENDA could be stripped of gender identity language, HRC has worked around the clock to advance the inclusive version of the bill. Last week, members of HRC's Board of Directors and a group of citizen volunteers visited Capitol Hill to personally lobby for the original bill. Not including the "10 in 10" campaign, HRC has already generated more than 80,000 e-mails, calls, letters and visits to members of Congress in support of the bill-more than any other allied or GLBT organization.

To learn more about the "10 in 10" campaign, please visit HRC Back Story, the organization's blog, at http://www.hrcbackstory.org/2007/10/hrc-launches-10.html or to directly take action and join the "10 in 10" campaign go to: http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/campaign/ENDA10in10

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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