FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 6, 2012
**Media Advisory: Reporter Call on Monday**
Gay Couple Heads to White House Easter Egg Roll, Advocates for Workplace Protections
WASHINGTON, DC — As preparations are underway for the 134th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll, one family is carrying a serious message to Washington, DC. Traveling from Albuquerque, NM, Jarrod Scarbroughand Les Sewell — partners for 18 years — are taking their daughter to both hunt for eggs and to ask President Obama to help protect their family from discrimination.
In order to share their family’s story about seeking these legal protections, Scarbrough and Sewell will hold a telephone press conference on Monday morning, before they enter the White House grounds for the event (details below).
Scarbrough and Sewell are advocating for President Obama to sign an Executive Order banning workplace discrimination by any federal contractor on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Recent reportsindicate that this Executive Order has been approved by both the Department of Justice and the Department of Labor, and is simply awaiting the President’s signature. This advocacy by Scarbrough and Sewell also comes on the heels of a sign-on letter by 72 House Democrats that also called on President Obama to sign the Executive Order.
“I work for a federal contractor, and I know there’s a piece of paper sitting on President Obama’s desk that would give me a little more security for my family,” said Jarrod Scarbrough, an employee of United Healthcare. “As so many families gather on the White House lawn next week, I hope that the First Family takes a moment to reflect on how hard gay families like mine work to ensure that we have the stability and security that so many other families take for granted. My message — and the message of my family — echoes President Obama’s campaign slogan. We can’t wait — it’s time for President Obama to sign this Executive Order.”
What: Telephone Press Conference for members of the media with the Scarbrough/Sewell family
Why: To share their family’s story about the impact an Executive Order would have on their lives
When: Monday, April 9, at 10:00am ET
Who: Jarrod Scarbrough and Les Sewell, partners of 18 years and residents of New Mexico
Heather Cronk, Managing Director, GetEQUAL
Tico Almeida, Founder and President, Freedom to Work
How: Click here to register for the call – http://bit.ly/Hs4lja. Once on this website, you will have the option to either sign on with a unique code in order to be identified to ask a question, or to sign on with a “Quick PIN” (under Advanced Options) if you would just like to listen in. Through the course of the call, you will be able to “raise your hand” via either computer or phone in order to ask questions.
**If you’re interested in speaking with Jarrod or Les prior to the Easter Egg Roll, please contact Heather Cronk via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (202-491-7240) to set up an interview. Jarrod, Les, and their daughter will also be available for interviews at the Easter Egg Roll — they will be wearing white t-shirts with black lettering that read “We Can’t Wait.”**
Founded in 2010, GetEQUAL is a national grassroots organization whose mission is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and our allies to take bold action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information, go to www.getequal.org, www.facebook.com/getequal, or www.twitter.com/getequal.