Protesters block Market, Castro streets in defense of gay rights in workplace

About 30 protesters have gathered in San Francisco's Castro District to protest House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's position on equality for gay people in the workplace.

The group leading the protest, GetEQUAL, said on its website that Pelosi is “blocking legislation that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers from workplace discrimination.”

The website said Pelosi made a July speech that supported the passing of a bill that would prevent discrimination of gay professionals, but the group is not happy with its progress.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, also called ENDA, is a pending Congressional bill first introduced in 1994 to prohibit workplace discrimination against homosexuality.

The bill is meant to prevent an employer's discrimination against sexual orientation or gender identity, according to www.govtrack.us, a website that tracks the actions of the U.S. Congress.

A bartender at Twin Peaks Tavern said he saw about 30 people gathered with signs at the intersections of Market and Castro streets at about 5 p.m.

Protesters have since unfurled a banner across Market Street, which has blocked the intersection.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The admissions process at the academically competitive Lowell High School is set to change this year due to coronavirus restritions. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lowell’s selective admissions process put on hold this year — and more changes may be in the works

School board votes unanimously to use normal student assignment lottery for competitive school

Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, said Tuesday that student would not be back in school before the end of this calendar year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Superintendent: City schools will not reopen before the end of the year

San Francisco public schools won’t reopen to students for the rest of… Continue reading

San Francisco has failed to reduce traffic deaths enough to meet its Vision Zero goal. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco not on track to meet Vision Zero goals by 2024

Hamstrung by state laws, dwindling budget and limited resources, SFMTA tries to chart path forward

San Francisco will allow bars selling drinks, and not food, to begin serving customers outdoors under health guidelines going into effect next month. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF becomes first Bay Area County to move to least restrictive COVID-19 category

Change to ‘yellow’ will allow more indoor dining and fitness, reopening non-essential offices

City officials want to install more red light cameras but the process is costly and time consuming. (Shutterstock)
Transit officials push for more red light cameras

SFMTA says ‘capital crunch’ and dragging timelines make expanding the program cumbersome

Most Read