Thirteen protestors were arrested Thursday, May 20, when they refused to leave Sen. Richard Durbin‘s Chicago office until he agreed to sign a pledge to openly advocate for a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Durbin is the Senate assistant majority leader and has previously supported the Defense of Marriage Act and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. While he is a cosponsor of ENDA, Durbin has not indicated that gender identity and expression protections must be included in this legislation.
The protestors — who are Durbin’s constituents and members of LGBT Change, Join The Impact Chicago and the Gay Liberation Network — were told he does not sign pledges and then asked to leave the senator’s office. When they refused, they were arrested.
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