Our own Senator Jeff Merkley a big part of a trans-inclusive ENDA


Oregon state Sentor Jeff Merkley

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is an important bit of legislation to protect our community that let a large portion of us down when it was introduced without including transgendered individuals in its protections. The country’s largest LGBT civil right organization, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) even endorsed this failure, and there was much fuss over the whole situation.

But now we are poised on the edge of a whole new ENDA. And Oregon’s own Jeff Merkley, along with Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) are at the helm of the project.

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Rep. Barney Frank breaks it down

Logo news interviews prominent and openly gay Congressman Barney Frank about the current major political issues facing the LGBTQ community today. He keeps his comments quick, simple to the point and, for the most part, fairly positive.

He identifies 3 major steps forward he believes Obama can accomplish in his first term:

1 – A trans inclusive ENDA (Employee Non-Discrimination Act)

2 – A trans inclusive hate crimes bill

3 – Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

And while he was less sure about the timeline of a repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) he thinks the fight is coming and it is worth it. Best yet, he blatantly and loudly calls Justice Antonin Scalia a homophobe. Go Barney! (I love you…You love me…)

For the full video (which is actually only 3 minutes) click below

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