Lobby Day 2013: Lobbying Resources

Why Lobby Your Members of Congress?

Speaking with members of Congress to educate them or impact their views on policy decisions that affect the lives of the people they represent is a fundamental feature of our democratic process. Most people fail to realize the importance of speaking out on issues; we all have the power to affect change in our government.

It is our right and obligation to express our concerns to our elected representatives. Your Congressperson may not be aware of the concerns of transgender people or even know that there are transgender individuals in her or his district. Therefore, it is essential that we visit the elected officials who represent us and speak with them personally. Allies can help greatly in educating congressional representatives about transgender issues. It is especially important, however, that transgender people share our own stories.

Speaking personally with your member of Congress can be both an empowering experience for you and an effective educational experience for your legislator.

Download our guide to how-to guide to lobby your members of Congress.

What is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)?

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA would create explicit protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people similar to those available under existing federal anti-discrimination laws for other protected classes of workers. America prospers when all are given basic protections for economic and job security. Thus, ENDA is a critical piece of legislation to help ensure job security for millions of people and families in the United States.

Download our ENDA fact sheet.

Immigration Reform

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) is a bi-partisan immigration reform bill with several components, including: (a) creating pathways to citizenship for undocumented youth and adults; (b) preserving family unity by clearing out green card backlogs; (c) expanding protections for asylum seekers and refugees; and (d) reforming immigration detention. However, the bill has significant gaps and problematic provisions that must be addressed before it can be truly comprehensive.

Download our Immigration Reform fact sheet.


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