July 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The order does not include a ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A White House official said Monday that US President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This action marks a departure from the White House's position last year that an executive ...[read more]
November 7, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Senate on Thursday approved a bill by a vote of 64 to 32 outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) outlaws workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The ENDA expands ...[read more]
November 5, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
The US Senate on Monday voted 61-30 to move forward with the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As federal law currently stands, employers are only ...[read more]
July 11, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) on Wednesday approved a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As federal law currently stands, ...[read more]
May 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Puerto Rico's House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation in places of employment. According to media sources, the bill originally included protections for commercial transactions, housing, governmental services, ...[read more]
May 14, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On May 14, 1974, former US Representatives Bella Abzug and Ed Koch of New York introduced the Equality Act in the US House of Representatives. The Equality Act was a proposal to expand the coverage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The bill was ...[read more]
January 26, 2013
by Max Slater
The Virginia Senate approved legislation on Friday that would prohibit the state government from discriminating against its employees based on sexual orientation. The Senate passed the bill 24-16 with four Republicans joining all 20 Democrats in support. Senator Adam Ebbin (D), an openly gay ...[read more]
December 18, 2012
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On December 18, 2008, 66 nations signed a UN statement supporting decriminalizing homosexuality, arguing that no person should face criminal penalties because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. On the same day, another nearly 60 nations signed another statement opposing ...[read more]
September 17, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On September 17, 2010, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for all nations to abolish laws discriminating against gay and lesbian individuals. In March 2009, US President Barack Obama had endorsed a UN declaration urging all member nations to decriminalize homosexuality. In July 2012, Ki-moon ...[read more]

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