(Los Angeles, CA) – It’s a touching video of real people talking
about civil rights progress that’s helped them – and then the big reveal at the
end hits you like a gut punch: it’s 2015, and it’s still legal to fire and
discriminate against people simply because they’re LGBT.
The newest provocative spot from FCKH8.com (“Potty-Mouthed
Princesses”) spotlights that despite progress in so many other areas, laws
across the country continue to deny gay people basic anti-discrimination
protections on the job.
In the video, available here
, people from various walks
of life - women, blacks, disabled people - each identify major civil rights
milestones in America. Each speaker represents a year when others like them
were finally offered legal protection from discrimination in the U.S. – from
African Americans becoming citizens in 1866, to people with disabilities
getting access to public places through the Americans with Disabilities ACT in
1990. Each is wearing a T-shirt printed with the year they gained a fundamental
When the two gay men holding hands who are the video’s final
subject are revealed, their T-shirts display question marks. “It’s 2015, and
there is still no federal law protecting LGBT people against discrimination.
What’s our year?” they plead.
“In an era when it feels like progress is so rapid, including
the Supreme Court ruling that was so important, we knew people would be shocked
to discover there’s still this huge national inequality,” video producer Mike
Kon said. “It sounds unbelievable and disappointing: you can get married on
Saturday, but then you can still be legally fired for being LGBT when back at
work on Monday.”
In addition to raising awareness of the issue through its viral
video, FCKH8.com is encouraging people to get involved in the conversation on
social media and support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA),
legislation proposed in the United States Congress that would prohibit
discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or
gender identity by employers. The social-change T-shirt company also encourages
people to “speak out and stand out” for the cause with shirts that make
provocative, change-motivated statements.
Reacting to the recent untested Equal Employment Opportunities
Commission (EEOC) ruling that found that anti-LGBT job discrimination was
already illegal under existing protections based on sex, FCKH8.com
activists are pushing for more definitive on-the-job protections. “Congress
need stop to step up to the plate and protect LGBT Americans from
discrimination and finally pass explicit and clear job protections with ENDA”