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Obama signs executive order on LGBT job discrimination

Obama signs executive order on LGBT job discrimination

President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors and the federal government. The executive order has two parts: It makes it illegal to fire or harass employees of federal contractors based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and it explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees…

Gay military members come out and celebrate

On the first day after the end of the 'don't ask, don't tell' law, many service members rush to openly declare their sexual orientation for the first time. By David S. Cloud and David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times, September 20, 2011, 6:57 p.m. Reporting from Washington and Raleigh, N.C.— When Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Mills woke up Tuesday, he posted…

Google uses TV advertisement during Glee to showcase ‘It Gets Better’ campaign

The 91 second advertisement aired during the commercial break of hit Fox show Glee last night. ‘It Gets Better’ is a YouTube channel where everyone from president Obama to Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, Kathy Griffin and even Woody from Toy Story together with scores of ordinary people post messages of hope to gay teenagers. A UK spin-off ‘It Gets Better, Today’…

Obama chooses gay man as White House social secretary

A New York Times story last month posed the question, “Could a man be the White House social secretary?”  Today it got the answer:  Yes. President Barack Obama has announced Jeremy Bernard will become the first man, and the first openly gay person to fill the demanding job. “Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People’s House,…

Obama administration launches campaign against anti-gay bullying

The US Obama administration has launched a campaign against homophobic bullying. The new advice for schools and colleges comes shortly after President Obama recorded a video for the It Gets Better project, which aims to encouraged bullied gay teenagers. Officials said that the new advice does not break legal ground. Instead, it is a comprehensive guide to how civil rights…

US gay soldiers warned not to come out yet

The Pentagon has warned gay US troops not to declare their sexual orientation just yet. Despite complying with a court order suspending the firings of gay troops, the Pentagon has said that soldiers who do come out while the law is uncertain may still face punishment. A publicly-released memo from the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness to military…

Obama administration objects to injunction against "don't ask, don't tell"

The Obama administration objected Thursday to immediately ending the military's ban on openly gay service members, saying that an injunction to stop the "don't ask, don't tell" policy might harm military readiness at a time of war. In a filing with a federal court in California, the Justice Department said that a judge who struck down the policy as unconstitutional…

Obama uses powers to expand federal rights, benefits for gays and lesbians

In the past year and a half, President Obama has quietly used his powers to expand federal rights and benefits for gays and lesbians, targeting one government restriction after another in an attempt to change public policy while avoiding a confrontation with Republicans and opponents of gay rights. The result is that scores of federal rules blocking gay rights have…

Tracking Obama’s Promises: 91 Kept So Far

From NPR: While on the campaign trail, Barack Obama made hundreds of promises. And throughout the president’s first year in office, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Web site PolitiFact has tracked each one of those commitments. Just before Obama took office, PolitiFact combed through campaign documents, speeches and debate transcripts to see what promises he had made. They found more than 500…

Obama Nominates Openly Gay Ambassador

An official from President Obama’s administration has announced the President plans to nominate David Huebner, an openly gay lawyer as the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and American Samoa. If confirmed by the Senate, Huebner will become the administration’s first openly gay ambassador. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both had openly gay ambassadors during their terms as well.…
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