White House adds gender identity to LGBT equal employment opportunity Executive Order

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Today, the White House released further amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity. Essentially the amendments added the words “gender identity” to the appropriate sentences of the Executive Orders. The Orders ensure that federal employees – who are already protected on the basis [...]

President Obama signs executive order protecting LGBT workers from job discrimination

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today in a White House ceremony, President Obama signed a sweeping executive order protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers from job discrimination. The order, profoundly consequential in its own right, dramatically underscores President Obama’s own LGBT legacy of achievement, unmatched in history: three landmark pieces of legislation; 90 significant policy or [...]

Taking action to support LGBT workplace equality is good for business

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America is built on the fundamental promise that if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can get ahead. But today, millions of Americans in most states in the country go to work every day fearing that they could lose their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love. No [...]

Florida marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by state court

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Thursday, Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, appointed by Republican Governor Jeb Bush, ruled against Florida’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Sunshine State the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June.  In Huntsman v. Heavilin, attorneys with the [...]

Progress in four years of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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July 15, 2010, President Obama released the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which envisions that “the United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and [...]

Justice Department releases best practices guide to reform HIV-specific criminal laws to align with scientifically-supported factors

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WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has announced that it has released a Best Practices Guide to Reform HIV-Specific Criminal Laws to Align with Scientifically-Supported Factors.  This guide provides technical assistance regarding state laws that criminalize engaging in certain behaviors without disclosing known HIV-positive status.  The guide will assist states to ensure that their policies reflect contemporary understanding of [...]

Women’s Foundation of California selects Surina Khan as next CEO

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SAN FRANCISCO, — Tuesday, the Women’s Foundation of California announced that Surina Khan, who has worked for the past 20 years as a leader in philanthropy, women’s rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, will become the next CEO effective Sept. 15. The Women’s Foundation of California, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, strives to increase the economic [...]

HHS announces availability of $11 million to better integrate HIV services into community health centers

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HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today the availability of $11 million, through the Affordable Care Act and the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, to support the integration of high‐quality HIV services into primary care through innovative partnerships between health centers and state health departments in Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York.  This initiative supports [...]

Legal scholars urge President Obama to resist calls for overly broad religious exemption in proposed Executive Order

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NEW YORK —More than 50 legal scholars have strongly urged President Obama to resist calls for an overly broad religious exemption in a proposed executive order prohibiting sexual orientation and/or gender identity discrimination by federal contractors. The effort is being spearheaded by Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, as part of its recently [...]

Largest gathering of LGBT business owners in history to discuss challenges, opportunities at leadership conference

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a year of historic changes and challenges, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business owners will meet in an unprecedented gathering organized by the National Lesbian & Gay Chamber of Commerce  to brainstorm and get energized about how to take their businesses to the next level of success. The 2014 National Gay [...]

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