Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bi Workers of Color Need ENDA Too


A new report from our friends at the National Center for Lesbian Rights have released a new report on LGBT People of Color in the workplace. The reportA Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Colorexamines how LGBT workers of color face unique types of discrimination based both on their race and sexual orientation/gender identity.
COLORLINES has posted some more on this with personal narratives of LGBT People of Color who have experienced discrimination in the workplace (including a narrative from BiNet USA President, Faith Cheltenham).
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) narrowly passed in the Senate two weeks ago for the first time since a version was introduced in 1974. It was even more significant because it now includes transgender people. But House Speaker John Boehner insisted the act won’t come to a vote in the House, leaving those LGBT people living in the 34 states [PDF] without anti-discrimination laws at a stark disadvantage. And because people of color are more likely to face high unemployment and poverty, and have a harder time getting good, steady jobs, they are even more vulnerable. - "Why ENDA is an Urgent Issue for People of Color", COLORLINES
Have you ever experienced homophobia or biphobia in your workplace? Was it ever "multiplied" by another minority status you hold? Love to hear about people's experiences on this!