From the LGBT Equality Caucus, sent to members of that caucus, released today by the office of Tammy Baldwin, signed by members of Congress Baldwin, Barney Frank, Jared Polis and David Cicilline: (emphasis mine)
On behalf of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, we would like to invite your staff to attend an upcoming briefing on workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 … .
Briefing speakers will discuss why action is needed from both Congress and the Executive Branch to prevent workplace discrimination. Our panelists will also share recent polling on public support for government action prohibiting workplace discrimination against LGBT employees. Speakers will include:
Tico Almeida, Founder and President, Freedom to Work Advocacy Fund
Jeff Krehely, Vice President for LGBT Progress, Center for American Progress
Stacey Long, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Brian Moulton, Legal Director, Human Rights Campaign
Brad Sears, Executive Director, Williams Institute
Harper Jean Tobin, Director of Policy, National Center for Transgender Equality
Earlier this year, many Members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating in the workplace based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The briefing will provide information on why this executive order is important, as well as ongoing efforts to pass a fully-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Elections over. Now what happens? Efforts to pass ENDA would likely be stopped in the Republican controlled House. But here’s another chance for Mr. Obama to take a helpful, even if incremental, step. Of course, it could also be a chance for those largely Republican members of Congress who have opposed LGBT equality in the past to do some incremental stepping of their own.