The Time Is Now

Two weeks have passed since the Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality is the law of the land.It’s been a euphoric time for the LGBT community in our struggle for equal rights.

However, the time is now to continue the fight to get the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed. It’s been way to long. I know firsthand what it’s like to lose a job because of discrimination. My dream of baseball was taken away just because of who I am. Now, I can be married legally in all 50 states, but only 21 states have laws banning employers from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

ENDA is legislation proposed in Congress which would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with at least 15 employees. ENDA has been introduced in every Congress since 1994, except the 109th, and it still hasn’t been passed. The time is now!

We must continue to fight for the passage of this legislation. We must continue to fight for all those who live in fear that they might be fired from their job just because of who they are and who they love. It’s not enough just to be able to marry the person you love, but you must be able to support them as well. You must be able to go to work every day knowing its okay to have a picture of the one you love displaying proudly on your desk or in your cubicle, without fear of losing your job.  We must continue the fight so that we will always be treated as equals.

Over the last 25 years, I have heard too many stories from those who are living in fear of losing their job because of their sexual orientation or sexual identity. The time is now, to continue the fight, so no employee, no matter who they are, will ever lose their job again because of discrimination.

Thanks for reading, and remember

Never Strike Out!