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Nondiscrimination Executive Order

The Time for Equality Is Today, Not Tomorrow

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

Many of us support the president and stood with him during the last election. We did so because we believe in him. But the time for him to sign this executive order is now, not tomorrow. He may not have the votes to pass ENDA, but he has a pen.

Back To Work: All Eyes On Full LGBT Equality

Joe Sudbay | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Sudbay

We all know that Election Day, including the reelection of President Obama, was historic for LGBT Americans. Now we need to translate those results into tangible, concrete change.

Students Ask Obama To Protect LGBT Employees

Jacob Tobia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jacob Tobia

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.

ExxonMobil Fuels Discrimination

Robin McGehee | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robin McGehee

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.

For Gays, It's Still The Economy, Stupid

R. Clarke Cooper | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
R. Clarke Cooper

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.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself...

Gary M. Segura | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary M. Segura

The president's reticence to to sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT Americans by government contractors is inexplicable. For a nice change, good policy and good politics neatly line up. The only remaining question is why the president refuses to act.

Out Of Work For Being Out At Work?

Rea Carey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rea Carey

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.

Mr. President: If Not Now, When?

Jonathan D. Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan D. Lewis

If there was ever a question about why President Barack Obama has not signed an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers, Andy Tobias settled it earlier this week in an op-ed on

Obama: LGBT Civil And Human Rights

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

President Obama can't seem to summon the courage to make what many would consider the simpler gut choices. These would include his ability to guarantee, with the stroke of a pen, that there will be no more discrimination by federal contractors against the LGBT community.

Obama's LGBT Discrimination Flip-Flop Takes Us Back To 1994

Larry Womack | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Larry Womack

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.

Dozens Of Members Of Congress To President Obama: Sign Nondiscrimination Executive Order!

Ian Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Thompson

On Tuesday, April 3, over 70 members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama urging him to sign an executive order to ensure that federal contractors receiving tax dollars do not discriminate against applicants and employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Obama's Opportunity: A New Era For LGBT Employment Equality?

Josh Howard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh Howard

Through the power of an executive order, President Obama can require companies doing business with the government to adopt policies prohibiting discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

President Obama: The Time Has Come For A Federal Contractors Nondiscrimination Executive Order

Ian Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Thompson

The ACLU views this executive order as the single most important step that President Obama could take this year to eradicate anti-LGBT discrimination from American workplaces. The chorus of voices calling for this executive order grows louder each day.

We Can't Wait: How Obama Can Stop Discrimination Now

Tico Almeida | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tico Almeida

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.

Washington Post Urges Obama to Issue a Nondiscrimination Executive Order

Ian Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Thompson

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.