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Queer Talk: LGBT Equality Caucus Hosts Briefing on Workplace Discrimination

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.

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4 Responses to Queer Talk: LGBT Equality Caucus Hosts Briefing on Workplace Discrimination

  1. Jane Austen November 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Hey Joyce – I don’t know if my new Congressman, Sean Maloney, will be part of the Caucus come January. I’m so proud of the people in the Hudson Valley. They threw out Nan Hayworth who was supported by the Tea Party and voted in Sean, the first openly-gay man to be voted in to the House from the Hudson Valley. We all thought Sean didn’t have a snow-ball’s chance in hell of winning because Hayworth had so much money thrown at her from the AMA and insurance companies but miracle of miracles, Sean won. Times are a-changing.

    • Joyce Arnold November 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      I love that story! There are lots of people around the nation who are supportive of LGBT equality. The more of them who “come out,” the easier it is to get things done.

  2. Jane Austen November 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Joyce – what I think is even better is the way so many young people have become so much more accepting of all people regardless of their color/gender orientation etc. I saw it in my children’s growing up years and my grandchildren are downright accepting of everyone. The prejudices and hatred of the past don’t exist in their life. We still have a long way to go but compared to the past we have made some very important strides and I think it is the young who will get us over the finishing line.

    • Joyce Arnold November 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      That’s key, absolutely. It’s been a big part of the LGBT conversations, and a major encouragement, for years. As you also say, of course, “we still have a long way to go,” but the progress made in just the last five or so years is, I’m convinced, an indication of more equality progress to be made.

      One other thing: More people, of every age, “coming out” as an LGBT supporter — from individuals, to politicians and Electeds, to faith communities, to businesses, to organizations of all kinds — has been crucial. Like racism and sexism, anti-LGBT positions aren’t going to disappear. But they can shrink to less and less powerful size … :)

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