Obtaining a career that disallowed LGBT discrimination has always been a desire of mine. It was a fear in the back of my mind that I would have to hide most of the activities I participated in on my resume. Now, I may not have to worry about that anymore. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is heading towards the Senate floor before Thanksgiving. ENDA was finally bipartisan supported through the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, thus showing that times are effectively changing in the government in terms of LGBT rights through both sexual orientation and gender identity. Many employers already have individual policies promoting inclusion in the workplace, but now with the option for a federal law, many will feel more comfortable about being themselves at work. Feeling uncomfortable at work about one’s own sexuality or the way they look makes it difficult to perform well with excess stress included in day to day interactions. Someone’s resume no longer has to hide their accomplishments no matter what the employer believes about their claimed identity.
To have my work performance and job placement based on my merit alone is the most exciting thing to imagine while nearing the end of my senior year at JMU. I never want to hide parts of myself that may be controversial or not popular, especially a tiny aspect of myself that has nothing to do with my job title at all. ENDA is hoped to pass in the Senate with times changing so drastically in the past few months. All we need are 60 individuals to vote to end Anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace and this bill can continue on to becoming a law, where it deserves to be. For further reading, check out this Buzzfeed article below! Let me know what you think, is America ready for an all-inclusive workplace?