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03/18/2010

BLOGSWARM: For a good and non-discriminatory time, call Nancy

by Jeremy Hooper

When bloggers want to make a point about phone calls, they often use this familiar image of Ernestine the telephone operator:

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Well we're doing the same, because today we want you to call Nancy Pelosi (you two are friends, right?) and demand that the speaker move forward on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (HR 3017). N-Pel's digits:

202-225-4965.

But here's the thing: With us, the Ernestine graphic is not just motivation for you to make the House Speaker's phone ringy dingy. Instead, it's a reminder. A reminder that the iconic actress who is immortalized in this photo, out actress Lily Tomlin, is still unprotected from employment discrimination that may arise on the basis of her sexual orientation. Sure, she might be too rich and famous to suffer a huge personal blunt from the cruel stains of bias that still plague far too many of this nation's employers. But what about the lesbian actress who Lily beat out in her "Laugh In" audition? What about the everyday gay man who was obsessed with The Incredible Shrinking Woman well before he even knew that his own desires for the XX chromosomal set was shrunken? What about the transgender man whose mother is on the other end of Ernestine's line:

All are still far-too-unprotected from employment discrimination. All could be drastically more protected under ENDA.

202-225-4965.

202-225-4965.

202-225-4965.
**After you call, please tell Get Equal how it went: Let's GetENDA

Be firm but be fair. Be involved. And demand that our Democratic allies show the same courtesy return!

*If you need to inform yourself before the call, Dr. Jillian Weiss (the organizer of today's Blogswarm) has a state of affairs here: Blogswarm: Demand LGBT Employment Rights Today [Bilerico]

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Others participating in this BlogSwarm: Towleroad, Daily Kos, Open Left, Bilerico Project, Pam's House Blend, Joe My God, Michelangelo Signorile, Americablog, David Mixner, Daily Gotham, Culture Kitchen, Taylor Marsh, PageOneQ, Dan Savage, and others.

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