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APA Supports Critical Legislation on Employment Protection, Disseminates Marriage Equality and LGBT Health Materials
PI-GRO supports swift passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (ENDA), H.R. 3017. ENDA seeks to provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. PI-GRO sent a letter to the House Committee on Education and Labor on September 23 to express appreciation for a full Committee hearing convened that day. Discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation is currently legal in 29 states, and discrimination on the basis of gender identity is legal in 38 states. A version of ENDA that fully includes transgender protections was reintroduced in the House of Representatives this Congress on June 24, 2009, by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) with 117 original cosponsors. In the Senate, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a gender identity inclusive Senate companion bill, S. 1584, on August 5, with original cosponsorship from Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and the late Edward Kennedy (D-MA).
PI-GRO also continues to collaborate with family advocacy organizations such as the Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in support of family acceptance of LGBT persons. An APA Fact sheet on Marriage Equality and LGBT Health was recently distributed to PFLAG's 500 chapter leaders across all U.S. States and Puerto Rico, to address the harmful psychological effect of policies restricting marriage rights for same-sex couples.