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

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 03.26.2014 | Gay 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.

Biden Calls On Congress To Pass Gay Rights Bill: 'The Country's Moved On'

AP | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it...

Amanda Terkel

Democratic Support Grows For Obama To Make Big Move On LGBT Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 03.05.2014 | Gay 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

These Allies Have A Bone To Pick With Obama

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For some White House allies, the long list of executive actions President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address...

Amanda Terkel

White House: Just Because Obama Didn't Mention ENDA In SOTU Doesn't Mean He Doesn't Care

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

No Longer Just a Dream

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

On the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the activist Martin Luther King Jr. expressed a prophetic dream. He dreamed that his children would one day live in a world where justice would indeed be reality for all.

Poverty Grinds Down LGBT Equality

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

With so many LGBT people suffering from income inequality, poverty is an LGBT concern. Marriage equality brings a landslide of privileges and economic benefits to a family -- but if the family is living on minimum wage, they probably cannot even afford a marriage license.

Forget Invisibility: Visibility Is the New Superpower

Timothy Holbrook | Posted 03.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Timothy Holbrook

The power of visibility has unique force in sports where, particularly for gay men, the stereotype is that gays are unathletic. When coupled with the prominence that sports plays in American culture, visible LGBT athletes (and even straight allies) can help change minds.

He's My 'Husband,' No More 'Partner' or Friend

Richard Alther | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

States legalizing gay marriage are gaining steamroller momentum. What's to stop it? Not politics or the courts of law. The body of this business is buried deep within ourselves, to continue to step forward into the light of day for all to see.

What We Left Behind in 2013

Michael Keegan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Yes, things are getting better. But that's not saying much. Republicans have lowered the standards of Congress so much that the completion of a basic task like passing a budget or confirming a non-controversial judge is now cause for celebration. Americans shouldn't accept the low standards of this new normal. It's like the relief of having a tooth pulled. The ache that's been with you for so long is gone, the sharp pain of having it pulled is over. But there's something missing. As we look forward to the year ahead, let's remember the tasks we left behind in the rancorous, bitter 2013. Barely functioning is not enough. We have a lot of work to do. Here's to higher standards in 2014!

Of Rose Parades and Dreams Coming True

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

One distraught woman from Florida pleaded with me -- in a conversation I'll never forget -- to "Please, please, please don't ruin the Rose Parade for us! We're Christians and watch it every year with our grandchildren. Homosexuality is an abomination. Jesus said so in Genesis." Seriously. "Jesus said so in Genesis." I couldn't make that up.

The Backwardness of ENDA Opposition

Isabel Song | Posted 02.10.2014 | Teen
Isabel Song

Different versions of this bill have been introduced to Congress since 1994. In other words, for more than my entire lifetime, America's lawmakers have struggled time and time again over the passage of an anti-discrimination bill.

Episcopalians Urge Vote on ENDA

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

On December 6th and 7th -- as the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles met for its 118th annual convention -- the Diocesan LGBT Ministry offered convention goers the opportunity to sign onto this letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging a vote on ENDA.

The Legacy of 'Seeing' Harvey Milk

Michael Keegan | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to major public office in California, had held his office for less than a year before he was assassinated. But Milk helped erase some of the invisible boundaries defining who in our country can be elected officials.

Gayconomics 101: Why the Latest LGBT Rights Legislation Could Be the 'ENDA' the Road for Some Job Seekers

Courtney Michaluk | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Courtney Michaluk

ENDA, designed to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, appears to have been designed with the best of intentions. But like '80s fashion or tequila shots, what sounds good in theory can have unintended consequences.

Fair Employment Practices: A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

Today the National Black Justice Coalition released a groundbreaking report that examines how bias and prejudice based on race, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression intersect to the detriment of LGBT workers of color.