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In the reality of today's economy, so many people like me are looking for work or trying to hold on to a job. With so much uncertainty, one thing we should be able to count on is that our work will be judged by its merit and skill.

Many people may not know that in Pennsylvania workers can be fired just for being gay or transgender. I moved to Pennsylvania because I believe it to be a state where innovation and ingenuity are welcomed as a way to transform and grow communities. Yet there is no federal law that would prohibit a Pennsylvania employer from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Pennsylvanian lawmakers should be leading the charge to change that.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act could come before the U.S. Senate this week. It would prohibit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender discrimination in the same way that employers are already prohibited from discriminating based on a person's religion, race or disability.

I urge Sen. Pat Toomey to support ENDA when it comes up for a vote. He would join a broad base of supporters, including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and 70 percent of Republicans.

We all share the values of hard work, providing for our families and advancing in a job based on merit. Sen. Toomey should vote to make sure our laws reflect it.

CHERYL KLEIMAN

South Side Slopes


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