Shocking Poll Shows 8 Out Of 10 Progessives and Democrats Do Not Know What ENDA Is

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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3 Responses

  1. Josh Kelley says:

    I actually started watching the clip and thought that it was a sketch from a mock news site akin to “The Onion.” I still can’t fully believe that is real Anti-EDNA propaganda. It’s just so B rated and melodramatic. The bad suspense music is the most hilarious part.

  2. Jay says:

    Your statement that “Same sex marriage while important only benefits those who some day would like to get married where in LGBT employment discrimination effects everyone in our community” is not true. Same-sex marriage affects everyone in our community whether we want to marry or not. We cannot be first class citizen in this country if our relationships are regarded as second-class or not worthy of recognition at all. Of course, ENDA is important, but it will also not affect everyone. Or rather, many of us are already covered by employment protections at local or state levels or work for companies that have strong non-discrimination policies.

    The point is that we can do more than one thing at once. And it is not necessary to deny the importance of same-sex marriage in order to stress why we need ENDA.

    I usually think of you are a very sharp analyst. This is disappointing.

  3. Will Kohler says:

    Sorry about that Justin but its all about priorites.

    In 34 states, it is still perfectly legal for lesbian and gay employees to be fired and in more states to fire transgender indivduals.

    What employment protections at local or state levels there are, are a patchwork of very different laws, none of them conforming with each other where many who would break it get a slap on the wrist.

    States Rights as in ENDA protections and in same sex marriage has always been a bad play. It grants rights for some but not everyone and takes FOREVER,

    IMO our battle plan from the start should have been:

    Pass ENDA
    Work On Sane Sex Marriage and Overturn DOMA
    Repeal DADT (Which would have been so easy because of ENDA)

    Sorry if I disappointed you man. But feel free you wite an Op-Ed about it I’ll be happy to post it.

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