Tuesday, July 22, 2014

President Obama Acts to Protect LGBT Workers

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


President Obama Acts to Protect LGBT Workers

"Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming."

That's what President Obama told the audience in the East Room of the White House yesterday morning, before he signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The President explained how, because of the audience's "passionate advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of [their] cause, our government -- government of the people, by the people, and for the people -- will become just a little bit fairer."

Yesterday's Executive Order amends Executive Order 11246, issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the existing Executive Order covering federal contractors.

"It doesn't make much sense," President Obama said, "but today in America, millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. And that's wrong."

Find out more about the President's Executive Order to protect LGBT workers.

See what organizations around the country are saying about yesterday's action.

Watch the President talk about today's Executive Order.

President Barack Obama signs an executive order regarding further amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity, to protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination, in the East Room of the White House, July 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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