Lobbying U.S. Rep. Reyes about LGBT rights
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Community Members Lobby Silvestre Reyes for LGBT Rights
Advocates Meet with Reyes’ Staff to Demand “No Excuses”
El PASO, TEX., September 24, 2009: On Friday, September 25, members of the LGBT community in El Paso will be meeting with the staff of Congressman Silvestre Reyes’ office to discuss the stake that El Pasoans have in the advancement of crucial legislation now being reviewed by the Congress and the Obama administration, which will advance the rights of LGBT people in America.
With the support of the Human Rights Campaign, through its national “No Excuses” initiative, hundreds of concerned members of the LGBT community are visiting with their local Congressperson to ask the current legislature to fulfill President Obama’s pledge to recognize the rights of LGBT Americans.
In the last few months, El Paso and its elected representatives have displayed their concern for recognizing the equality of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
As a part of an open and embracing community, many El Pasoans want their voices to be heard at a national level. In particular, we expect Rep. Reyes to take a more active stance in the crucial debates to come, including the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” the passage of an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act that covers gender identity; the Reuniting American Families Act and the provision of equal health benefits to federal employees, including those in same-sex relationships.
The meeting that will take place this Friday at 5:00 p.m. will cover all of these subjects, as well as the concern of community members and organizations.
For more information on the national “No Excuses Campaign,” click here.