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On LGBT Rights, Republicans Risking Their Own Demise

Ray Buckley | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Ray Buckley

This June, as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, we approach the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor v. United States striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. Without question, no President has done more for the LGBT community than President Obama.

Emily Swanson

Americans Think It Should Be Illegal To Fire Someone For Being Gay, Don't Realize It's Not Already | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

Half of Americans support passing a law banning discrimination by employers against gays and lesbians, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows -- and even mo...

GOP Congressman Skeptical That LGBT Workplace Discrimination Exists

The Huffington Post | David McCabe | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

A Republican congressman said he's not sure that workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people exists -- because he's...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama: 'Not Right' That It's Still Legal To Fire People For Being LGBT | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday it's "wrong" that nearly 30 states allow employers to fire or harass someone solely because they are...

Obama's Executive Order On LGBT Job Discrimination 'Expands The Universe'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

Dr. Dana Beyer, the executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, discussed on HuffPost Live Tuesday President Barack Obama's plan to draft an executi...

An Inch at a Time Toward ENDA

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

This is what liberty and justice for all looks like: making sure that that equal protection equally protects all Americans.

Will Pride 2014 Be the Time for Obama's LGBT Workplace Non-Discrimination Order?

Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman

It is most disappointing that yet another year has passed since the White House advised in 2012 that it was "studying" the issue of LGBT workplace discrimination, and that another year has gone by without the President signing an Executive Order (EO) expanding workplace non-discrimination measures.

The Equality Act Turns 40

David G. Dodge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David G. Dodge

Today, 29 states still lack protections for workers based on sexual orientation, and 32 do so based on gender identity.


Matthew Ebert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Ebert

As the name implies, ENDA is supposed to end discrimination against LGBTQ employees, but it doesn't. In fact, ENDA does just the opposite: It sanctions discrimination based on religion.

Jennifer Bendery

Biden: No 'Downside' To Executive Action On LGBT Discrimination, But ENDA Is Better | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden says he doesn't see any reason why the president shouldn't use his executive authority to ban workplace discrim...

Being Gay in the Workplace Is About More Than ENDA

Dominique Mann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dominique Mann

People shouldn't only wait on Congress to help America's gay employees. Real change from any power stature requires uncomfortable conversations and the audacity to unabashedly accept others for who they are.

Jennifer Bendery

Fired Lesbian Police Chief Gets Outpouring Of Support From Tiny South Carolina Town | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- It's been a rough week for Crystal Moore. She got fired from her job as the police chief in Latta, S.C., despite a spotless 20-year reco...

Jennifer Bendery

Mayor Who Fired Lesbian Police Chief Caught On Tape In Homophobic Tirade | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- The mayor of a tiny South Carolina town has triggered protests, prayer vigils and even a city council vote to weaken his powers after fi...

While You Were Defending the Rights of an Anti-Gay CEO, a Whole Bunch of Gay People Got Fired

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

The plight of Brendan Eich, the Mozilla CEO who resigned following an uproar over his donation to support California's Proposition 8, is big news. Yet it's still legal in most states to fire an employee for being part of the LGBT community.

Dave Jamieson

Busy Day: GOP Blocks Minimum Wage, Equal Pay, LGBT Discrimination Bills | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a single committee meeting Wednesday, House Republicans voted against considering bills to raise the minimum wage, reform mine safety...

Will It Be a Year of Action for LGBT Workers?

Harper Jean Tobin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harper Jean Tobin

Even though the president has made it clear that LGBT people who work for the federal government are protected from discrimination, millions of federal contractor employees still have no law or policy to protect them.

Amanda Terkel

Democratic Support Grows For Obama To Make Big Move On LGBT Rights | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: 3/21/14 -- The final letter, viewable here, has 220 signatures (168 in the House and 52 in the Senate). Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) also...

Amanda Terkel

Nearly 200 Lawmakers Call On Obama To Sign ENDA Executive Order | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: 9/20/14 -- Since the publication of this piece, a number of lawmakers have indicated that they back the effort and have signed onto the letter...

No, Congress Still Isn't Any Closer To Passing A Bill To Fight LGBT Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

Months after overwhelmingly passing in the Senate, a bill that would ban workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender worke...

Why New Polling Shows Both the GOP and LGBT Groups Are Out of Touch

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Sure, LGBT groups are operating within a political environment in which a small band of extremists have a lock on the GOP. But better to get nothing passed right now and continue to embarrass the GOP and watch it implode than to compromise our rights and pander to those extremists.

GOP Congressional Candidate Compares ENDA To 'Segregation Laws'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

Nevada state Assemblyman Cresent Hardy (R), who is hoping to oust first-term Rep. Steven Horsford (D) this fall, said Tuesday that he opposes the Empl...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Clears Way For Obama To Sign ENDA Executive Order | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday cleared the way for President Barack Obama to use executive action to ban workplac...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama's Big Plan On ENDA: Hope John Boehner Changes His Mind | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday again signaled that President Barack Obama has no plans to take executive action to ban...

Amanda Terkel

White House: Just Because Obama Didn't Mention ENDA In SOTU Doesn't Mean He Doesn't Care | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House insisted Wednesday that although President Barack Obama didn't mention the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in his Stat...

Jennifer Bendery

Employment Non-Discrimination Act Picks Up Another Republican Cosponsor | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) on Tuesday became the sixth House Republican to sign onto legislation that would ban workplace discriminatio...