Tuesday afternoon representatives from state equality groups will attend a White House reception for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens in recognition of gay pride month.
Ian Palmquist, executive director of Equality North Carolina, will be among those attending the event.
Palmquist tells the Washington Blade and Pam’s House Blend that given a chance during the reception, he will speak with President Obama about the importance of passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
“I would like the president to publicly and vocally call on Congress to pass ENDA as soon as possible,” Palmquist said. “I believe that ENDA is the most important item on our agenda right now — and passing it would have a transformative effect on a lot of LGBT people in our country.”
North Carolina is among the states that have no laws that protect LGBT residents against discrimination in the workforce.
You can read more about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) here.