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Thank You, Mr. President

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

We need to thank him for keeping his promise and taking another step toward securing full civil and human rights for the LGBT community. We have come a long way during his presidency.

PG&E, ConAgra, and Edison Set a New Standard for LGBT Workplace Inclusion

Joanne Sprague | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

Corporate America has come a long way in creating LGBT-inclusive policy (as has the government, just this week), but as Deena Fidas of the Human Rights Campaign says, "The inclusive policies coming from the boardroom have not fully made it into the everyday culture of the American workplace."

Another Bend of the Arc Towards Justice

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

While it doesn't carry any legal weight, only the power of symbolism, the most touching moments for me in the president's presentation were his fluency with the word "transgender."

Eyewitness to History: From the 'Amen Corner' in the East Room

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Equal protection isn't equal protection unless it protects all Americans equally. And we cannot allow the First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion to be perverted in an effort to undermine the equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth.

Moving Forward After Today's Executive Orders

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Signs Executive Order On LGBT Job Discrimination

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual a...

Regarding Culture Thieves

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.16.2014 | 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.

The End of ENDA?

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

If my gay colleagues choose to jettison ENDA, I'm willing to back off. But the question with which I am left is: Now what? Do we really expect that the House of Representatives, which won't even debate the version of ENDA with broad religious exemptions, will seriously consider a stricter amended one?

ENDA: The Nightmare Scenario in Which GOPers Push a Bad Bill That Gay Groups Dropped

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Believe it or not, right now some Republicans are working feverishly to get support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the GOP and try to pass it in the House in this session, with the dangerous religious exemption that caused LGBT groups to withdraw support. The irony here is off the charts.

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi Stands By ENDA With Religious Exemption, Hints At 'Plan' To Address Concerns

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a time when gay rights groups are pulling their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over its broad religious exemption,...

Rift Over Religious Exemption In Anti-LGBT Discrimination Order

AP | DAVID CRARY and LISA LEFF | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive ord...

ENDA Was Awful Before Hobby Lobby

Noah Baron | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Noah Baron

ENDA is to employment nondiscrimination what civil unions are to marriage -- a token, but ultimately simply another reminder that LGBT persons are regarded as less-than, and that discrimination against us is regarded as more legitimate than it is against nearly any other group in the United States today.

Jennifer Bendery

Gay Rights Groups Pull Support For ENDA Over Sweeping Religious Exemption

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gay rights groups are jumping ship on legislation they previously hailed as one of their biggest priorities of the year: the Employment ...

Have Gay Groups Set Their Own Trap With a Religious Exemption in ENDA?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

ENDA would allow a Catholic hospital or school to fire a lesbian nurse or janitor or cafeteria cashier simply on the basis of her sexual orientation. That is a much broader exemption than allowed for any other group under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And it's abhorrent.

Drain on My Parade: Did the Human Rights Campaign Sell Us Out on ENDA and Outsource LGBT Rights?

Andrew Miller | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Such is HRC's disdain for our community that they evidently used ringers at the New York City Pride Parade: fresh-faced 20-somethings who work for McCann, one of the largest ad agencies in the world. The largest -- and richest -- LGBT-rights group in the country could not be bothered to field a team for the largest LGBT-pride parade in the country.

Confessions of an HRC Canvasser

Francisco J. Tirado | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Francisco J. Tirado

You're walking down the street (perhaps shopping, or on your lunch break), and up ahead you see one of those street activists with the binders. They're trying to make eye contact with you, but you've averted your gaze and pulled out your phone. "Hey! Do you have one minute for gay rights?"

President Obama: Our Future, Your Legacy

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

President Obama has the opportunity to solidify his legacy by creating a clear vision for full federal LGBTQ equality. LGBTQ people in too many places in the United States live under the overwhelming weight of oppression.

Amanda Terkel

LGBT Job Applicants Less Likely To Be Called Back For Interviews With Federal Contractors

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees were 23 percent less likely to be called back for interviews with federal contractors w...

GOP Senate Candidate Struggles To Answer Whether She Supports ENDA

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics

Oregon GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby's campaign reaffirmed her support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act Friday evening, even though Wehby...

A Year After Windsor: Progress and Pitfalls for Gay Rights

Matt Foreman | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Foreman

The good news of the past year has been accompanied by a number of disturbing developments. One is the fact that it is still perfectly legal in the majority of U.S. states to fire people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) or to deny them housing or a loan, simply because they are LGBT.

Hunter Stuart

U.S. Companies Less LGBT-Friendly Than They'd Like You To Believe

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 06.27.2014 | Business

On the surface, the country's biggest companies are extremely gay-friendly. More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer protection against...

Obama's Transgender Rights Campaign Gets Little Attention

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage,...

Emily Swanson

Americans Think It Should Be Illegal To Fire Someone For Being Gay, Don't Realize It's Not Already

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Gays of Future Past

Frank Bua | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

For anyone under 30, it may be difficult to imagine a time when the gay-rights movement wasn't operating at a milestone-a-minute pace. Fortunately a wave of artistic and media projects has emerged to remind us of heroes past, to refocus us on the type of activism that helped elevate the LGBT movement and to inspire us to make that final push.

I'm Running for U.S. Senate to Promote LGBT Equality in Washington the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Shenna Bellows

We need a national Human Rights Act along the lines of the Maine Human Rights Act. We need to outlaw discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and educational opportunity on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation -- once and for all, nationwide, no exceptions.