There is currently no federal law protecting individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation. This means that at any time, someone can be discriminated against, fired or not hired simply because he/she is or is perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
May 6, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
On May 12, the civil and human rights community will honor Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Joe Solmonese with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for his work fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
March 30, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
UPDATE: ENDA was introduced in the Senate on April 14, 2011.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, was re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today by Rep. Barney Frank, D. Mass.
February 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The National Center for Transgender Equity (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force recently released “Injustice at Every Turn,” an extensive study of the transgender and gender non-conforming community that shows tragic social and economic trends indicating injustices and discrimination against transgender people on a massive scale.
December 18, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
UPDATE: President Obama signed the repeal law on December 22.
The Senate today passed legislation to repeal the discriminatory "don't ask don't tell" law banning gay and lesbian servicemembers from serving openly in the U.S. military.
December 17, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Sen. Harry Reid, D. Nev., has scheduled votes on the DREAM Act, which would provide undocumented immigrant youth whose parents brought them to the U.S. with a path to citizenship if they pursue higher education or serve in the military, and a bill to repeal "don't ask don't tell," the current law requiring lesbian and gay servicemembers to conceal their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.
Both bills are top priorities for the civil and human rights community.
December 10, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D. Calif., Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius have recently contributed short online videos to the "It Gets Better Project," offering their unique words of support to LGBT youth.
December 9, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
A minority of senators succeeded today in blocking consideration of legislation that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell."
December 1, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
A Pentagon study to assess the impact of repealing the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers found that repeal would pose little risk to military effectiveness.
November 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Congress returns to work next Monday for the lame-duck session, the last work period of the 111th Congress before the new Congress is sworn in next year.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has identified the following six goals as the civil and human rights community's highest priorities for the lame duck session:
October 13, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of California ordered the Department of Defense to suspend all investigations and discharges of lesbian and gay troops in the military under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy.
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