Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Why We Need ENDA

I went out dressed on Friday night.  The elevator stopped on the sixth floor to let a passenger on.  He said hi; I smiled and returned the greeting.  He looked at the panel and said "going down!  Good."  I said "it works for me too."

On the fourth floor, two workmen-looking sorts came on, and pressed the button for the lowest level.

I stepped off the elevator at the lobby level (first off, of course!) and walked over to the apartment building mailboxes.  In mine, there was a few envelops and circulars.  There was also a slip that shows up when a package is too large for the mailbox.  The office is nearby and it was still open.

I didn't pick up the package.

I was fine walking through the lobby, across the front of the building to my car, saying hello to the men on the elevator.  I'm even fine with seeing the ladies in the office and saying "You don't recognise me?  I'm *** from apartment ***."  I've spoken with one woman at length (not about dressing though) and I think she'd be fine with me.

But here in the good ol' U. S. of A. it's perfectly legal for her (or her management) to break my lease by saying "we don't like transpeople here."


  1. Oh Brave New World where one can consider someone rejecting male trappings a nuisance solved simply by saying "We don't like you... Be Gone!"

    I wonder if they can do the same with wife beaters?

  2. Meg. What legal theory, or what clause in your lease, would allow them to terminate your lease at will? Generally you're entitled to quiet enjoyment, a legal term loosely meaning to be left alone to live in peace.

    Gotta know.


  3. ENDA doesn't cover that. It only covers employment, as presently written. It needs to be rewritten to cover public accommodations and housing, and have the religious exemption deleted.

  4. The proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) does not cover public accommodation, it only covers workplace discrimination. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII covers workplace discrimination based on sex discrimination which the courts and the EEOC have ruled also protect gender identity in the workplace. Title IX covers sex discrimination in education and both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have ruled that we are covered because discrimination based on gender identity is sex discrimination. The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on sex and HUD has also ruled that we are protected in any HUD financed housing.

    However, there are no federal laws or proposed legislation that would cover us in public accommodation, currently only seventeen states, and the District of Columbia has protection for us in public accommodation. Massachusetts, the seventeen states, and the District of Columbia protect us in employment, and housing.


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