Victory Fund Applauds Baldwin, Frank on ENDA Introduction Congress' Two Openly Gay Legislators Co-Sponsor Bill to Ban Workplace

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    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Gay & Lesbian
 Victory Fund today congratulated the only two openly gay members of
 Congress, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), for
 co-sponsoring and introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA),
 which would make it illegal under U.S. law to fire a person solely on the
 basis of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. Victory Fund
 President and CEO Chuck Wolfe issued the following statement:
     "Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin are the staunchest allies we have
 because they are part of our community," said Chuck Wolfe, president and
 CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. "They won't just be part of the
 debate; they'll be the subject of the debate. When lawmakers talk about the
 ramifications of this bill, they'll be looking into the faces of two openly
 gay officials whose lives will be directly impacted by it, and that's
 powerful. Next week marks the twentieth anniversary of Barney Frank's
 coming out. Since then hundreds of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and
 transgender politicians have stepped up to run for public office and lead
 their communities. In 1998, with the help of the Victory Fund, Tammy
 Baldwin became the first person ever elected to Congress for the first time
 as openly gay. Both of these courageous public officials have shown true
 leadership not just on LGBT issues, but on a wide array of issues that
 affect their communities and all Americans. We are very proud of their
 service and proud they are the face of gay and lesbian America in the U.S.
 Congress."
     The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund provides strategic, technical and
 financial support to openly LGBT candidates and officials. It's the only
 national organization solely committed to increasing the number of openly
 LGBT public officials at federal, state and local levels of government.
 Victory is the nation's largest LGBT political action committee and one of
 the nation's largest non-connected PACs. In 16 years, Victory has helped
 the number of openly LGBT officials grow from 49 to more than 370. Roughly
 22% of all Americans are represented by an openly LGBT elected or appointed
 official.
     For more information, visit http://www.victoryfund.org.
 
 

SOURCE Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

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