In these days of frequent, positive depictions of homosexuality in popular media, it might seem that the USA is moving beyond discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transexuals. Yet, it’s still legal for people to be fired from their jobs for no other reason than that they aren’t heterosexual. Media depictions don’t create equality. Legislation does.
Two days ago, legislation was introduced into the House of Representatives that would end job discrimination based upon sexual orientation. It’s H.R. 3017, and it has 117 cosponsors, in addition to its author, Barney Frank.
In these days of economic recession, with unemployment figures at new highs, it’s outrageous that capable American workers can be thrown out of their jobs just because of the way that they prefer to get sexual pleasure in their private time. Make sure that your U.S. Representative is on the list of cosponsors. I’ve uploaded a quick page of cosponsors – because the bill is so new that there is not yet a permanent link to the list of cosponsors at the Library of Congress. Check the list, and if your representative is not there, make a telephone call asking why – (202) 224-3121.