FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 21, 2014

CONTACT: Jamal Little

202.741.6251; jlittle@americanprogress.org

Washington, D.C.—President Barack Obama signed an executive order today protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees from workplace discrimination.  The Executive Order prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees and prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment

Sarah Audelo, Policy Director of Generation Progress, released the following statement in response:

“LGBT individuals should not be discriminated against in the workplace based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Young LGBT individuals in particular stand to benefit from workplace discrimination protections, as we called for in a recent report.  Everyone has a right to earn a living, and workers should be judged on the quality of their work.

We applaud the President for taking the necessary steps to protect LGBT workers, however, there’s still more to do.  Congress should pass extensive federal workplace protections, which will impact millions of LGBT workers.”

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