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Longstanding Foe of the Gay Community, Exxon Mobil Agrees to Comply with Obama’s Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees

July 24th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Google.

Exxon Mobil Corp. has had a rocky history with the LGBT community, ever since it was named one of the only top Fortune 500 companies without offering protections for its LGBT employees. But now, thanks to the Executive Order signed by President Obama requiring federally contracted companies to protect LGBT employees, Exxon said it would comply. With over $480 million in federal contracts just last year, the company will not know exactly how to comply by the order until the Labor Department releases its guidelines in the coming weeks. Just this May, Exxon shareholders voted down a measure to change the wording of the company’s equal employment opportunity policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity. [AP]

 

Historic Moment as Obama Signs Executive Order Banning Workplace Discrimination Against Gays

July 21st, 2014 Comments off
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Image by spirit of america

Today, President Barack Obama signed an executive order outlawing anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors and federal employees. “With the strokes of a pen, the President will have a very real and immediate impact on the lives of millions of LGBT people across the country. Each and every American worker should be judged based on the work they do, and never because of a fundamental aspect of who they are – like their sexual orientation or gender identity,” HRC President Chad Griffith said in a statement. “These actions from the President have the potential to be a keystone in the arch of his administration’s progress, and they send a powerful message to future administrations and to Congress that anti-LGBT discrimination must not be tolerated. We also call on Congress to immediately pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” he added.

Nearly 70 Religious and Civil Rights Organization Demand Obama Not to Exempt Religious Contractors for Protecting Gays

July 16th, 2014 Comments off
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Nearly 70 religious and civil rights organizations have signed on to a letter that demands that Obama not to allow religiously affiliated contractors from a new executive order that is meant to protect LGBT employers of federal contractors. The religious exemption clause exists thanks to Republican senators who demanded it as a stipulation to the order.

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Watch: President Obama Speaks at LGBT DNC Fundraiser

June 18th, 2014 Comments off
Obama Speaking. Screen Shot via YouTube.

Obama Speaking. Screen Shot via YouTube.

President Barack Obama, who will sign an executive order stopping federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT, spoke at an LGBT DNC fundraiser at Gotham Hall in New York City and encourage the crowd to continue to pressure Congress to pass ENDA.

Full speech and video after the jump…

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President Obama Calls Ryan Murphy After Viewing ‘The Normal Heart’

June 10th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via HBO.

The president is just like us. While most of us were home glued to the couch covered in sloppy tears while watching HBO’s epic play-to-screen The Normal Heart, so was President Obama who became so moved by the film that he immediately called up Director Ryan Murphy and told him how much he loved the film. Murphy confirmed that the president made the call and told Deadline: “the whole movie is about Larry trying to get the attention of Washington and 30 years later, to get a call from the President is a full-circle moment.”

 

The US Armed Forces Show their Colors at Washington D.C.’s Pride

June 6th, 2014 Comments off
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For the first time in Washington D.C. Pride’s (Capital Pride’s) history the US Armed Forces color guard will march in front of 150,000 people in the city’s famous gay district, Dupont Circle. The Department of Defense authorized the militaries’ gay rights groups to participate. This historic participation represents the dramatic change in lesbian and gay rights in the Untied States military, even since President Obama abolished the long-standing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The eight-persons team will help kick-off the parade, after Dykes on Bikes.

Down in D.C. this weekend, be sure to stop by and say hello to Passport.

Ride with Pride to Washington D.C.’s Capital Pride on Amtrak

June 4th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Amtrak

Skip that nauseating BoltBus and head down to D.C. this weekend on comfortable, energy-efficient Amtrak as they are also, for the fourth straight year, a sponsor of Washington D.C.’s Capital Pride Festival’s Green Village, where festival attendees experience and learn about energy-efficient travel and sustainability efforts at America’s RailroadThe Capital Pride Festival will take place on Sunday, June 8, on Pennsylvania Avenue from noon to 7 P.M.. As presenting sponsor, Amtrak will showcase the company’s commitment to protecting the environment. Visitors stopping by the Amtrak booth will enjoy family activities and games, learn more about Amtrak service to more than 500 destinations, and have the opportunity to win free round-trip travel vouchers to experience Amtrak travel on the Northeast Corridor.

Of course, check out Amtrak’s LGBT dedicated website to find some special deals to get yourself down to Washington next weekend.

White House Honors Harvey Milk by Releasing USPS Commemorative Stamp

May 22nd, 2014 Comments off
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Image via USPS.

Activists who launched a campaign back in 2011 to have Harvey Milk’s image on a United States Postal Service stamp got their wish today as the White House will hold a special dedication ceremony at 5 P.M. to reveal a stamp commemorating the San Francisco LGBT activist on what would have been his 84th birthday. The “Forever” stamp honors the San Francisco politician who is largely credited as the first openly gay person to be elected to public office. According to the SF Gate: “Also attending will be Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., the first openly lesbian U.S. senator, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, a leader in the civil rights movement, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman and Stuart Milk, the slain supervisor’s nephew and founder and president of the Harvey Milk Foundation.”

Already, CBS reported, people are lining up in San Francisco to buy the stamp.

Jason Collins Slam Dunks His Way Onto ‘Time’ Magazine’s Most Influential People List

April 24th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Time via Today

Openly gay Brooklyn Nets player Jason Collins landed himself on Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list and even scored one of the inside covers. Robert Redford, Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay athlete, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra are the others to claim an inside cover, while Beyonce graces the magazine’s cover. The inside feature about the NBA player was written by Chelsea Clinton: “Not surprisingly, the first thing I noticed was his height,” wrote Clinton. “The second thing I noticed was his kindness off the court — and his fierceness on it. Kindness to his friends, his family and fans. Fierceness in his drive to win. Jason has always been focused on others, on what’s right for those he loves, and on helping those whose jersey is the same as his.”

Jason Collins Signed to Brooklyn Nets for Remainder of Season

March 12th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Twitter.

Jason Collins, who made history as the first openly gay athlete in professional sports, will play out the rest of the season even though his second ten-day contract expiring after Friday. According to ESPN.com the 34-year-old will finish the season with the team, which, according to sources was the Brooklyn Nets’ intention since his first contract.

Keep purchasing those Collins jerseys and help support LGBT youth charities.