Today: Freedom to Work hosts ENDA Situation Room; Evan Wolfson will speak on panel
Sep 12, 2013 at 09:30 am
Today at New York Law School, Freedom to Work, the leading organization working toward the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), will host the first-ever "ENDA Situation Room," a bipartisan discussion detailing the path to victory for a bill that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from workplace discrimination.
Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson will participate in the panel, along with several other leading experts. He spoke with The Washington Blade last week about the event, which will include a broader look at the ways that lessons from the marriage movement can be applied in this campaign. He said:
It’s going to really be more of a conversation about what are some of the lessons that we applied from history and from other movements in the shaping our strategy and campaign to bring the freedom to marry to the United States, and how can we apply some of those in the work to end employment discrimination.
In all my years working in our movement, I’ve never really been a fan of pitting one so-called issue against the other. To my mind, marriage has never been just about marriage. Marriage has been a powerful vocabulary of helping people understand who we are as LGBT people and to tap into their values of fairness and respect and help them move.
Other panelists include:
- Tico Almeida, President of Freedom to Work
- Brad Sears, Executive Director of the Williams Institute at UCLA Law
- Gregory T. Angelo, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans
- Melissa Sklarz, President of Stonewall Democrats of NYC
- Dave Montez, Acting President of GLAAD
- Kim Taylor, the first African-American female appointed to the Log Cabin Republicans Board of Directors.
The event will be moderated by Professor Ari Ezra Waldman of New York Law School (and legal editor for Towleroad), and Ann Northrop, Co-Host of Gay USA.