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Obama Nondiscrimination Executive Order

Moving Forward After Today's Executive Orders

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

We urge the next Congress to introduce a comprehensive bill that addresses discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations like the comprehensive laws we have passed in many states.

Regarding Culture Thieves

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Diversity is no mere slogan, but a challenging reality. Respect that is not reciprocated is subservience. As I would not have your beliefs imposed on me, so I must not impose mine on you. This is part of the social contract.

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

Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Gay 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.

LGBT Latinos Face a Broken Bargain in the American Workforce

Tico Almeida | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Tico Almeida

According to a new report released today -- A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Latinos are among the most disadvantaged workers in America.

The Time for Equality Is Today, Not Tomorrow

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay 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.

We'll 'Max Out,' but at What Cost?

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

How can the Democratic Party ask LGBT donors to "max out" after ignoring our pleas to protect us against discrimination in the workplace? So on Tuesday night, Ellen Sturtz, a longtime activist and a previous Democratic donor, asked the first lady that question.

No More Excuses, Mr. President

Jonathan D. Lewis | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan D. Lewis

We are now six months past the election, and although the president has taken some substantive steps toward advancing equality, failing to protect LGBT employees in the workplace has become a glaring, festering omission.

Petition President Obama To Enact LGBT Equality Now!

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 03.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

We think it's time that Obama use his authority to demonstrate that the federal government will finally begin to offer LGBT Americans equal treatment under the law by enacting executive orders, amending existing ones and promoting legislation that sets a government-wide precedent for equality.

Back To Work: All Eyes On Full LGBT Equality

Joe Sudbay | Posted 01.14.2013 | Gay 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.

Mr. President, Act Now

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 01.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Anthony Michael Kreis

President Obama can issue an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The White House punted on the issue in the spring. Mr. President, the time for action is now.

If I Could Talk To The President

Rebecca Juro | Posted 12.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

When will you stand up and speak out for the equal rights and treatment of working-class LGBT Americans the way you and your fellow Democrats address the concerns of LGBT millionaire donors? How much longer must working-class LGBT Americans patiently wait?

Students Ask Obama To Protect LGBT Employees

Jacob Tobia | Posted 08.13.2012 | Gay 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 08.06.2012 | Gay 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 07.18.2012 | Gay 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 07.03.2012 | Gay 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 07.02.2012 | Gay 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 06.27.2012 | Gay 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 Advocate.com.

Obama: LGBT Civil And Human Rights

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.12.2012 | Gay 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 06.12.2012 | Gay 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 06.04.2012 | Gay 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 05.12.2012 | Gay 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 05.09.2012 | Gay 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 04.20.2012 | Gay 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 04.09.2012 | Gay 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.