Tags: Wayne Besen | non-discrimination | gays | lesbians

Gay-Rights Activist: Anti-Bias Bill Will Become Law

Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 05:15 PM

By Bill Hoffmann


The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect gays and lesbians, will become law despite efforts by some Republican lawmakers to quash it, says gay-rights activist Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out.

"People should be hired and fired based upon their talents," Besen told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"They shouldn't have their career made or broken based upon who they are, and that's why ENDA's critical," he said Wednesday.

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Besen said he was a victim of discrimination at age 24.

"I worked for a television station, I was seen in a gay bar, and I was fired based upon it. The hardship that put me and my family through was really, really tough," he said.

"I had to sell everything I had . . . I lost my career, my relationship because of this. This is not fair. Everybody understands this. The vast majority of Americans support this, and it's going to pass, if not now, then in the near future."

Besen disagrees with those who fear the legislation would pave the way for drag queens to become schoolteachers or force a hair salon owner to hire a transgender worker.

"It's a bunch of scare tactics. We actually have . . . 21 states where this is the law of the land, and it has not been a problem. The sky has not fallen," he said.

"Almost 80 percent of Americans actually agree with me that people shouldn't be hired and fired based upon who they are, [but rather] only if they are qualified."

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