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Transforming CitizenshipsTransgender Articulations of the Law$
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Isaac West

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781479832149

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479832149.001.0001

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GENDA Trouble

GENDA Trouble

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Transforming Citizenships

Isaac West

NYU Press

This chapter considers how transgender advocates in concert with LGB advocates fought for the right of LGBT workers against unfair employment practices. These groups sought a federal legal remedy against employment discrimination, known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). They lobbied for an ENDA that would be inclusive of gender identity. However, Congress was unwilling to pass the bill, asserting that associating gender identity with sexual orientation would doom the bill’s prospect. They instead proposed two separate bills, one without gender identity protections (ENDA) and one with gender identity protections (GENDA). In response, hundreds of LGBT groups formed the group, United ENDA, to protest the passage of ENDA if it excluded gender identity protections. The disputes involving ENDA/GENDA show how transgender advocates articulate their interests with LGBs apart from the logics of sexuality to create useful alliances in the future.

Keywords:   LGBT workers, ENDA, GENDA, transgender advocates, LGB advocates

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