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Monday, June 23, 2014

Capehart: Supreme Court must act on gay marriage

Jonathan Capehart

Jonathan Capehart makes his case for why the Supreme Court needs to act on gay marriage due to the patchwork mess of Social Security benefits from state to state. Check it out in "The Washington Post."

Monday, June 16, 2014

Obama to sign executive order preventing LGBT discrimination among federal contractors

President Obama
According to the White House, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order today to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, reports McClatchy News.
“This is a major step forward in the struggle for freedom and justice for LGBTQ workers and their families,” said Rea Carey, executive director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF). “Now millions of people will have the economic security they need to provide for their families.”
ExxonMobile, the largest company without LGBT workplace protections, will now be required change its policies. The company draws hundreds of millions annually from federal contracts. It has consistently resisted such change. Earlier this month, ExxonMobil’s shareholders voted for the 17th time to reject a policy that would prohibit discrimination against its LGBT employees.
“This order will bring much-needed relief to ExxonMobil’s LGBT employees,” said Chad Griffin, president, Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Each year HRC rates companies’ attitudes toward LGBT employees. “Year after year, ExxonMobil has held the lowest spot in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index -- the first and only company to receive a negative score.”
The administration said no current federal law adequately prevents workplace discrimination against LGBT employees. It is building upon existing protections that prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and is “consistent with the president’s views that all Americans, LGBT or not, should be treated with dignity and respect.” Obama will headline the annual Democratic National Committee LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Leadership Council’s fundraiser in New York on Tuesday. 
“Through his actions, the President has demonstrated again his commitment to ending discrimination,” said Carey. “Now we must redouble our efforts for the urgent passage of state employment protections and strong federal legislation.”

Former BP CEO Lord John Browne reflects on his closeted career

Lord John Browne

Former BP CEO Lord John Browne, who spent much of his career as a closeted gay man, has been publicly sharing his insights recently to promote his new book, “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business.” In “Fortune,” Lord Browne writes about his experiences. He says he was assumed to be straight and frequently was asked about his girlfriend or wife. He says such assumptions can be stressful for someone in the closet. Read more here.