Breaking: The White House will make it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against the LGBTQ community
Today, President Barack Obama made it clear that he plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against people based on the sexual orientation or gender identity. This adds to the existing protections against discrimination because of race, religion, etc.
It is unclear yet when the signing itself will take place, though it is likely to happen soon. These new protections will support the roughly 11 million workers in states that currently have no law banning LGBT discrimination—where you can legally be fired from your job for being gay.
President Obama has been calling for stronger LGBT protection laws from Congress, but efforts have stalled in the House. His executive order would implement the protections he wants to see on a smaller scale, putting even more pressure on Congress to get something passed for the rest of LGBT working Americans, 21% of whom experience discrimination at work.
This executive order has yet to be signed, and won’t protect all working LGBT Americans, but it’s an important step forward towards forcing Congress to pass more comprehensive legislation.