November 4, 2013
Statement from Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project
West Hollywood, CA (November 4, 2013) – Today the U.S. Senate voted to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the floor for a final vote. This important legislation would ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees would be protected from discrimination in hiring and maintaining a job based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project issued the following statement:
“The Trevor Project thanks each of the sixty-one members of the U.S. Senate for voting in favor of protecting the rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity from discrimination in employment. This important law is necessary because too many states lack protections for valuable members of the workforce who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. For youth who are LGBT, passage of inclusive ENDA means they truly can dream for the future and not fear the possibility of on-the-job mistreatment or discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“We commend the efforts of lawmakers, employers, and organizations throughout this country for standing up in defense of LGBT people, and working to ensure discrimination is no longer tolerated in the American workplace.”
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, instant messaging and text messaging services, best-practice in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, The Trevor Project is a leader and innovator in suicide prevention. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.