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EEOC sues companies over anti-transgender discrimination

In the first Title VII action taken by the federal government on behalf of transgender workers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed two lawsuits against companies accused of discriminating against employees on the basis of gender identity.The federal complaints, first reported by BuzzFeed, were filed Thursday in Florida and Michigan, marking the latest effort  Read More »

RELEASE: As Obama Signs LGBT Exec Order, GetEQUAL Congratulates President and Calls for More Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2014Media Contact: Heather Cronk, heather@getequal.org, 202-491-7240As President Signs Federal Contractor Executive Order, GetEQUAL Congratulates White House and Calls for More ActionWASHINGTON, DC — Today, surrounded by leaders in the LGBTQ movement, President Obama signed a much-anticipated executive order which now bars federal contractors from discriminating against their employees on the  Read More »

GetEQUAL Responds to Executive Order Without Religious Exemptions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2014Media Contact: Heather Cronk, heather@getequal.org, 202-491-7240LGBTQ Activists Celebrate President Obama’s Announcement That LGBTQ Executive Order Will Be Signed Without Religious ExemptionsToday GetEQUAL congratulated the White House in its announcement that President Obama will sign an executive order on Monday barring LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors, and that the order will  Read More »

Obama to Issue Order Barring Anti-Gay Bias by Contractors

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to sign an executive order on Monday that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees from discrimination by companies that do federal government work, fulfilling a promise to a crucial Democratic constituency, White House officials said on Friday. But the directive will not exempt religious groups, as many of them  Read More »

No religious exemption from Obama order on LGBT workplace protections

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision may have opened the door to a number of potential horrors, but tarnishing President Obama’s legacy on LGBT equality won’t be one of them.Bucking calls from more than a dozen high-profile faith leaders – some his own allies – Obama has decided to leave out a religious exemption in two upcoming executive orders regarding  Read More »

Will Hobby Lobby open the religious exemption floodgates?

In her blistering dissent in Monday’s Supreme Court Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned that the court’s majority may have “ventured into a minefield” by extending the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act – a 1993 law that seeks to protect religious liberty from being infringed upon by other federal laws – to “closely held” companies. Monday’s Supreme  Read More »

GetEQUAL Nevada to Speak About LGBTQ Pride Month, Being Black and Gay on KCEP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 26 June, 2014Media Contact: Derek Washington, iamequalnv@gmail.com, 702-600-1089GetEQUAL Nevada to Speak About LGBTQ Pride Month, Being Black and Gay on KCEPLas Vegas, Nevada — In a historic first for the Las Vegas LGBTQ community, GetEQUAL Nevada has been invited to speak about LGBTQ Pride Month and the current state of being Gay  Read More »

Earnest won’t rule out religious exemption in LGBT exec order

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday wouldn’t rule out the possibility that a religious exemption would be included in a planned executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors.“Unfortunately, I’m not in a position from here to give you any insight about the content of what an executive order like this might include,”  Read More »

Op-ed: Mr. President, Don’t Add Exemptions to Your Executive Order

While the executive order announced by the Obama administration is a great step, the next hurdle is quite clear.BY HEATHER CRONKWe’ve seen it all before — activists demand something from the president, the president shifts attention to Congress, Congress (in its glorious dysfunction) does nothing, the president announces executive action, and the religious right goes  Read More »

Immigration reform advocates protest Obama’s LGBT victory lap

Immigration Equality and LGBT immigrant activists from across the country gathered in NYC to protest the Obama administration, June 17, 2014. Photo by Julieta Salgado, courtesy of GetEQUALImmigration reform advocates protest Obama’s LGBT victory lapBy Emma MargolinPresident Obama took a much-deserved victory lap on LGBT equality Tuesday night, declaring before an adoring crowd in New York City  Read More »