LGBTQ Rights

DOL’s Proposed Rule to Extend FMLA Protections to Employees in Same-Sex Marriages

Friday, June 20, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced a proposed rule extending Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections to all employees in legal same-sex marriages regardless of whether their home state recognizes the marriage. This rule would support the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor v. United States decision that struck down … Read More

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Senate Passes LGBT Worker Protections

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) today, voting 64-32 to prohibit employers from discriminating against LGBT employees nationwide. Though a majority of Americans believe this form of discrimination is already illegal, only 17 states have laws protecting LGBT workers from discrimination. “Today’s bipartisan Senate vote is a critical step toward ensuring access to … Read More

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) Reintroduced in the 113th Congress

Thursday, April 25, 2013

With no federal law currently protecting  individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, civil rights advocates applauded today the reintroduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in Congress. Arguing that the “time has long since come to end this injustice for LGBT Americans and pass ENDA,” The Leadership … Read More

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Remembering the Legacy of LGBT Leader Frank Kameny

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Franklin E. Kameny, one of the nation’s most prominent gay rights leaders, died in his sleep yesterday, on National Coming Out Day. He was 86. Thirteen years before the landmark repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Kameny was fired from his position as an astronomer in the Army Map Service because he was gay. He … Read More

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Officially Ends Today

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Today, the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” takes effect and gay and lesbian Americans can now serve openly in the United States military. President Obama signed a law repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) on December 22, 2010, but law specifies that the repeal would not take effect until all four joint chiefs of … Read More

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