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LGBT Federal Workers Gain Rights

By Charlotte Robinson, July 22, 2014
President Obama signed the executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This executive order applies to 30,000 companies employing 28 million workers or about 1/5 of the U.S. workforce however it doesn’t reach all employers nationwide. Gary Buseck, Interim Executive Director of GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) stated, “Every day we hear about LGBT people who are not treated equally on the job. We agree with the President that workers should be judged only by their ability to get the job done, but know that is not always the reality. We applaud Monday’s executive order, which demonstrates a concrete commitment to nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation & gender identity. It’s a step that will make the workplace better fairer for LGBT employees, including the tens of thousands of federal employees in the New England states. We are proud that New England has been a leader in establishing protections on the basis of gender identity & sexual orientation & that, in the absence of broad federal protections, this executive order extends important protections for LGBT employees who work for federal contractors.” GLAD is having their 33rd annual Summer Party in Provincetown, MA this Saturday July 26th from 4P to 7P at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum. GLAD’s goal is to ensure that America embraces every member of our community so that “equal justice under law” is not just a phrase carved in granite on the U.S. Supreme Court building. This is an important event to learn about what projects GLAD is currently working on & how you can support their groundbreaking work.
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