By issuing an executive order that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in all companies that have contracts with the federal government, you can protect millions of talented, productive, and passionate employees in an instant.
I hope that, one day, I'll be able to drive by the ExxonMobil station as I take my kids to school and know that because LGBT activists on the streets spoke truth to power in the corporate suites, my tax dollars won't be used to fuel discrimination.
The ancient Romans mastered the art of appeasing a restless populace through spectacle. With the president's announcement regarding marriage, Americans are seeing panem et circenses, "bread and circuses," in action, when what we really need are jobs.
For those who share a vision for a country in which all LGBT Americans can show up at work each day with the security of knowing that they cannot be fired simply for who they are or whom they love, the last month has been marked by great disappointment and a historic victory.
President Obama could and should follow a bipartisan tradition by using his executive authority to require nondiscrimination on the part of federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
In yet another display of cowardice that at this point should surprise no one, the White House last night announced that a widely expected executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees isn't going to happen.
While thrilled and grateful to Thomas Roberts for covering LGBT employment rights, I found it incredibly disappointing that the issue, which is so critical in the lives of millions of LGBT workers, was sandwiched between the already-covered-to-death issues of marriage and military service.
At Freedom to Work we're pushing hard for President Obama to sign the ENDA executive order, along with HRC and many other organizations. So I was disappointed when I read the comments former HRC head Elizabeth Birch made to reporter Chris Geidner from Metro Weekly.
The impact that such an executive order would have on LGBT workers is immense and provides the opportunity to create a tipping-point moment with employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
It was a curious thing to see, last week, a Republican offering an avenue for progress on a rights issue: Governor Christie proposing a referendum on removing the legal sexes of a couple as a criterion for the granting of marriages.
More and more, successful firms are realizing the value of having LGBT-friendly environments -- as the politically and strategically correct thing to do. Such companies have made strides in understanding and addressing the underlying dynamics.
The NBA should be proud of adding sexual orientation to the non-discrimination provisions in its union contract. Nonetheless, it is sad to note that the league is striding ahead of federal law, which still does not outlaw anti-gay discrimination in the workplace.
For those who've read my work and listened to my radio shows over the years, the title of this post will probably come as a surprise, but there's good reason for trans people and allies to be grateful to Barney Frank.
What if the Civil Rights Act had specifically permitted segregation, and specified, in detail, how government and business could legally discriminate on the basis of race? That's what Barney Frank's bathroom compromises amounted to.
There are no national employment protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, which is why we must pass the fully-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. No one should be fired simply for being who they are.
All it took was one complaint to get a longtime educator removed from her job just because she simply celebrated a special (and legal) occasion in her life. Discrimination doesn't get more plain than that.
Without a sustained push by every element of the broad progressive coalition, including LGBT Americans, this fall's elections could spell a catastrophic reversal of fortune for LGBT equality on the national scene.