FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 25, 2012
LGBT and Allied Groups Protest Obama Fundraiser Over Lack of Executive Action for Equality
Miami, FL — As President Obama heads to Miami for a big fundraiser tomorrow evening, several local activist groups are protesting his presence in the state in order to call attention to the need for executive action from the Obama Administration.
Following the White House’s announcement just over a week ago that administrative relief would be granted for young undocumented immigrants, attention is now shifting to the need for executive action on workplace discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. LGBT Americans have no federal workplace protections — only 21 states (and DC) protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and only 16 states (and DC) protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
While a federal law that would protect LGBT workers from discrimination across the country — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) — languishes in Congress, President Obama could issue an Executive Order to protect American workers from discrimination, following in the footsteps of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt (E.O. 8802), Dwight Eisenhower (E.O. 10479), and Lyndon Johnson (E.O. 11246). President Obama has been under pressure from LGBT advocates and donors for the past few months, who are demanding that he sign an Executive Order to protect employees of federal contractors from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which would both protect the 26 million Americans who work for federal contractors and ensure that taxpayer dollars are not funding discrimination.
Tomorrow’s protest of the Obama fundraiser includes advocates from the LGBT and the immigration movements who are concerned that the Obama Administration is not taking workplace discrimination seriously. Many of the activists involved are young people who are afraid that there will be no opportunity for them to find work without having to go back into the closet; many others are LGBT undocumented youth who are thrilled with the Obama Administration’s action on immigration a week ago but, once they receive work permits, want to know that they will not experience discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Who: GetEQUAL Florida and Students Working for Equal Rights (S.W.E.R.)
What: President Obama fundraiser
Where: 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
When: Tuesday at 5:30 PM
GetEQUAL is a national, direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Emphasizing direct action and people power, the mission of GetEQUAL is to empower the LGBT community and its allies to take action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information on GetEQUAL, please visit: http://www.getequal.org. You can follow GetEQUAL on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/getequal, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GetEQUAL, or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/getequal.
Students Working for Equal Rights (S.W.E.R.) is an organization founded by undocumented immigrant youth for the liberation of the oppressed. We work to create possibilities and raise awareness in our communities about social justice and equal access to education, satisfying the needs of all individuals with a passion to further their knowledge, by means of grassroots organizing,political education, alliance building, nonviolent direct action and civic engagement. The values that inspire our action are personal growth, youth leadership, and achieving justice and equality through the power of solidarity. For more information on S.W.E.R., please visit: www.swer.org. You can follow S.W.E.R. on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/15868280253/.