Letters…I Get Letters

I’ve been debating whether or not to post this.  I’ve come down on the side of posting it, but redacting the info which would identify the representative in question (I’ve contacted several reps on this issue – reps in districts that I either have recently lived in, worked in and/or drive through regularly, in addition to the rep for my district of residence; letters in response to everything all seem to come with ‘represent you’ language.)

It is an e-mail I received yesterday in response to a visit to a local congressional office shortly after it became clear that Barney Frank was going to show his true colors.

Congress of the United States

[REDACTED Representative-specific info] 

October 30, 2007

Dear Katrina,

Thank you for contacting me about discrimination issues. I’m honored to represent you in Congress. Your opinion is very important to me and my priority is to provide [                  ] District with the best representation possible.

Discrimination in the workplace remains a very real and significant problem in this country. Congress has created and passed legislation to bar discrimination based on race, ethnic background, religion and sex. As a co-sponsor, and strong supporter of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, I am eager to see the end of yet another form of discrimination, based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identification.

The legislation would not only end this type of discrimination in the workplace, but also in other organizations and committees. It would prohibit the use of quotas and preferential treatment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would not be allowed to collect data on the amount of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identification as well. H.R. 2015 is currently being reviewed by the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Committee on Education and Labor.

Thank you again for contacting me about this important issue. I encourage you to visit my website at [  URL, etc.  ]. I am proud to serve [               ]  District, and I am committed to working hard for you.

Sincerely,

[                         ]

Member of Congress

ENDA 2015.

In an e-mail I received yesterday.

I’m interested in seeing people’s thoughts on this.

5 Responses to Letters…I Get Letters

  1. dyssonance says:

    That would be *outstanding*!!!

  2. Rebecca Juro says:

    I have to wonder if this is from a Congressperson who really thinks 2015 is still viable or just a stock form letter sent out by a staffer on the topic which hasn’t been updated since it was written, probably several weeks ago. Unless we know that, there’s really no way to know what it means.

  3. justkelly says:

    I have to say I received a similar letter from my rep, seemingly
    implying that 2015 was the main bill in the works, and not even
    mentioning 368*. I’m afraid I rather suspect that this was more out
    of ignorance/confusion than any real promise for 2015. I suppose we
    shall see, though.

  4. Ally says:

    Stock form letter sent out by a staffer. Definitely.

    I’d recommend your contact with representatives should start with opposing 3685 and pushing 2015 instead because a) trans-inclusiveness and b) perceived/real gender is a real issue for LGBI folks, too.

    Or, as I say, Q. The queer community. We’re all in the same boat. It’s about time we act like it.

  5. translegalhistorian says:

    Ally,

    When I visited the congressional offices, 3685 was already out there. I made clear what needed to be done.

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