[Andy Szekeres is a political consultant from Denver who specializes in LGBT ballot measures and progressive candidates and causes.]
[Editor’s Note: I’m lucky that I’ve had familial support such that I haven’t needed unemployment support. Yet, as someone who has been unemployed for over a year, I personally understand the importance of this message in a near and dear way. Please heed Andy’s call for support! –Zack]
1 in 10 Americans are on Unemployment – that is a staggering fact, one that affects our fellow LGBT brothers and sisters at a high rate. With the push for DADT repeal, I hope you will also take a second to demand that Congress extend Unemployment Benefits to the millions of Americans who are out of work.
As someone who has been on unemployment before, I can personally vouch that if it were not for the support of the unemployment support I received, I would have likely lost my home and my healthcare coverage. This can be devastating for our communities and devastating to neighbors who are dependent on medications, friends struggling to keep their homes, or family-members faced with a life-threatening illness.
We all know someone who is looking for work right now, the job market is slow and even tougher for a minority. For many of us, we want to be working; we want to be contributing our fair share, but sometimes we are over-looked for openings because we happen to be trans or openly gay. We have a small window to push Congress into action and extend this crucial lifeline to tens or hundreds of thousands of our community members.
Americans for Democratic Action has launched an aggressive petition to force Congress to act now. While Congress debates tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, our community members are struggling to find work, are losing their homes and are being forced to choose between crucial medications and going hungry.
I hope you will take two seconds out of your day to sign this petition and urge your friends to do the same – this maybe a lifeline to one of your friends or even yourself, and it will only be extended in the lame duck session if we act together.
Sign the petition right now at – http://bit.ly/ib93ap
Help expand the reach, Donate your facebook and twitter today with this link to tell all your friends.
Demand Congress help the 1 in 10 Americans on unemployment NOW – http://bit.ly/ib93ap – #p2 #lgbt