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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Time for Talking is Over, Vote NOW on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

Capitol Hill Protest Part of Week-Long Effort to Hold Democratic Leaders in the House and Senate Accountable for Promised Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – GetEQUAL, a new lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) direct action organization, announced today that they will hold an emergency picket on Capitol Hill Thursday, May 20th, 2010 to demand that Democratic Congressional Leaders in the House and Senate live up to their promise to schedule a vote this legislative year on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Legislative action on the bill has already fallen victim to numerous postponements surrounded by a lot of rhetoric, without any real action.  The legislation has yet to be scheduled for a floor vote in either the House or the Senate and according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s legislative calendar, less than 45 full voting days remain before Congress adjourns for the mid-term elections nearly six months from now in November. Thursday’s GetEQUAL protest, to be held at the corner of Independence Ave. SE and 1st St SE (by the Library of Congress), is the latest in a series of actions the grassroots LGBT organization has taken this week to push for a vote to be scheduled now on ENDA.

We’ve heard all we can stand to hear from leaders in Congress, they promised a vote this calendar year and we expect them to honor their word,” said Robin McGhee, co-founder of GetEQUAL.  “As the window continues to slowly close on available legislative calendar dates to vote on ENDA in the House and in the Senate, we will continue to hold Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid accountable for the direct promise they made to the LGBT community.  Our community has done the work to lobby and educate members of Congress on the need for a fully inclusive ENDA and now is the time to stop the talking and start the voting.”

WHAT:          Emergency Capitol Hill Protest to Save the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

WHEN:          Thursday, May 20th, 2010

WHERE:       Corner of Independence Ave SE & 1st ST SE (by the Library of Congress)

WHO:            GetEQUAL, a new direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization

TIME:           12:00 noon – 2:00 pm (ET)

For additional information about the protest or to become involved, please visit GetEQUAL on Facebook at:!/event.php?eid=118196664882662&ref=mf

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