Activists at DC Pride attack HRC’s Bad ENDA

While asking the community to demand no less than full federal equality…

By Cathy Kristofferson, June 8, 2014

DCPride_signThis week saw the first national organization come out strongly against the flawed Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA) when the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Thursday announced it “We strongly oppose any religious exemption in ENDA… we will not continue to support ENDA if it is not changed to be consistent with Title VII’s religious exemption.

The following morning, the Transgender Law Center (TLC) quickly followed suit with the definitive statement that “at this time we are unable to support ENDA in its current form.

Leah Brown with HRC’s #DCPride contingent

That’s two of the four legal firms (NCLR + TLC) that issued the “very grave concerns” press release back at ENDA’s introduction in April 2013. It has taken 14 months for them to speak out. While we wait for Lambda Legal and the ACLU to join their press release partners, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) maddeningly continues their $2M campaign to push that bad bill through the House. Today’s fundraising email from HRC claimed they are “reminded every day of why we must fight harder than ever before. Luckily we have you with us to push LGBT equality forward.” Well no, actually you don’t have all of us onboard!

DCPride6So WHY is HRC trying to set LGBT equality back with religious exemptions that would likely take decades to undo?

With that in mind, we thought we’d take Queer Nation NY’s #ENDAisNOTequal message directly to HRC at the  Capital Pride Parade in Washington D.C… not sure they enjoyed the message, but many others did! And hey Dykes On Bikes – when did the pursuit of civil rights become such a political statement?

Enjoy the pics:

Ben de Guzman of Nat'l Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Leah with Ben de Guzman, Co-Director of Programs, National Queer Asia Pacific Islander Alliance
Planned Parenthood knows a thing or two about religious exemptions
Planned Parenthood knows a thing or two about religious exemptions
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) knows religious exemptions are unethical
Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP)
GLIFAA – Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies
Members of CODEPINK and the Manning Support Network
Latino Families & Friends for Equality
Washington Blade’s float
Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International






Once the parade got underway, we tried to engage HRC along the route…

Hey! Why are you pushing such a BAD ENDA? Don’t you know #ENDAisNOTequal?

Oh! Why are you pushing us!

Gael Murphy
Gael Murphy
Gael Murphy

After the skirmish with HRC, the CODEPINK, Manning Support Network, and folks – complete with #ENDAisNOTequal signs – were kindly welcomed into the ACLU contingent to finish out the parade. If HRC is content to continue pushing their bad bill then they need to learn how to answer those of us wanting to know why. Because not only do we know #ENDAisNOTequal but it’s a #DeadENDA. A new comprehensive full civil rights bill, with no exemptions for bigotry, for all of the LGBTQ community, MUST be where our energy and dollars are spent.

With many thanks to Leah Brown and Gael Murphy and of course Queer Nation NY!

7 thoughts on “Activists at DC Pride attack HRC’s Bad ENDA

  1. SHARED via fb and tweet! WAKE UP LGBT and ALLIES…its your job/life that is at risk.. (PS Who is paying HRC to support this BAD BILL?)

  2. The religious exemption clause needs to be removed. It will just lead to continued discrimination under the guise of “religious freedom.” Look what the Catholic church did in Ohio. For contractual purposes it made all of its school teachers Catholic “ministers,” even the non-Catholics among them. The church is making them sign a contract that prohibits them from marrying a same-sex spouse, supporting a gay friend or gay rights in any way, etc. If they sign the contract and are found doing any of these things, and others, they can be fired. Because as “ministers” they need to set an example that supports Catholic teaching. That is bigotry and discrimination along with mandating that the teachers do not support abortion, birth control, etc. The Catholic church is trying to suppress their teachers’ right to free speech in this way.

    1. Yes, Thom that is a blatantly obvious way the Catholic Church is discriminating against its employees (teachers). The current ENDA exemption would allow all “religiously-affiliated” employers to discriminate against all employees, not just the ministerial leaders like the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s exemption which the Catholic church of Ohio is mimicking by making teachers “ministers”. That is what is not so blatantly obvious to some in the LGBT community as organizations such as Freedom To Work make claims that ENDA’s exemption is “similar” to the CRA’s. It is much much broader.

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