Democratic Platform Supports Trans Worker Rights

For the first time in the Democratic party’s history lawmakers have unequivocally included trans-inclusive nondiscrimination language in the party platform.

The platform language, obtained by Buzz Feed, builds on previous support, saying:

We know that putting America back to work is job one, and we are committed to ensuring Americans do not face employment discrimination. We support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because people should not be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

President Obama and the Democratic Party are committed to ensuring all Americans are treated fairly. This administration hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention and we must continue our work to prevent vicious bullying of young people and support LGBT youth. The President’s record, from ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in full cooperation with our military leadership, to passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to ensuring same-sex couples can visit each other in the hospital, reflects Democrats’ belief that all Americans deserve the same chance to pursue happiness, earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their country, and take care of the ones they love.

The Employment Nondiscrimination Act would make it illegal to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace and would preclude employers making hiring and firing decisions based on these characteristics. ENDA, as the legislation is known, does however carry broad exemptions for private religious institutions.

ENDA has stalled in Congress for over a decade now despite widespread bipartisan support. Republican House Speaker John Boehner recently said he is “unaware” of the legislation but that he imagines the necessary safeguards are already in place, suggesting little action on the legislation while the House remains under Republican control.

As previously noted, the Democratic party platform also includes support for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and goes on to state a support for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.


Related Reading:

Landmark Employment Ruling Protects Trans Rights

Boehner Totally Blase About ENDA

Obama Won’t Sign LGBT Discrimination Ban Anytime Soon

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Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

We not only would have loved Ike, but we did love Ike. He loved our military, and he would not have and did not change the military as Obama has change it. He would not have stood by and saw the Vets get their medical cut, or transform the military into a social experiment by even talking about the homosexual solution.

Ike would not be spending almost a billion on a stimulus and want a second stimulus that would not have worked anyway.

We have never had a president that has lied to the US Citizen so often just lately saying that Romney would cut Medicare, when in fact Obama has cut 700 million of Medicare with his Obama care and I am sure Obam is sitting in the corner snickering about how he is able to blame Romney for something he has alread done. And we call him a president?

Donna Burgess
Donna B5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Josephine T.
Josephine T5 years ago

Bill R. - keep on drinking the TEA party/GOP TEA-flavoured Kool-Aid. And while you're at it, check the facts on the Obama administration's spending versus any other administration in the past 60 or so years: .

I'd like to know what has happened to the GOP of the 1950s, because it sure has gone downhill since the days of Eisenhower's presidency. Today's GOP sure wouldn't "like Ike".

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago


Random K.
.5 years ago

All the republican congress did was pass laws against abortion, gays, and women, that immediately got shut down by the democratic senate. Perhaps if they hadn't had to spend so much time putting a sock in the republican house, they could have gotten more done.

Figures those like Steve R and Bill C would jump in to attack anyone they do not see as a hetro white male. You two must be so pleased with the two privileged white guys running on your side. White and whiter.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

I too am so glad the Democratic Party has the time to play with the transsexual question, as I would hate to have them worry about high unemployment, or our US Debt, or the illegal aliens or why we have so many CZARS or why does the President want to disenfranchise the military voter, or why they cannot stop their super Pac's from spreading lies about Romney without an apology?

The DNC is so wonderful, in four years it has accomplished absolutely ZERO except for spending more money that any Administration in history. And we thought President Bush was liberal, he now looks ultraconservative.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

I am so glad that there are more protections for the transexual/gendered people.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks Steve for providing the update on the Democratic platform on ENDA, good for the Democratic Party. Steve R. you got it right with the last sentence of your comment:
" Oh - I know - it's Bush/Boehner/Romney/Ryan's fault.... silly me!"

Ajla C.
Past Member 5 years ago