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Last night the Senate confirmed three judges in Texas—positions that have remained vacant for years—and among the chosen is the state’s first openly gay judge. The fact that US Attorney Robert Pittman of San Antonio is a non-issue when looking at his prestigious resume. He worked as the top federal prosecutor for the Western Distric of Texas and was a federal magistrate, according to Dallas News. He will fill a position that has remained vacant since 2008.
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This afternoon, the Department of Labor published a new rule to prohibit businesses that contract with the federal government from engaging in workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The rule implements the historic LGBT non-discrimination executive order that was signed by President Obama in July. The rule will appear in the Federal Register on Thursday and will take effect 120 days later. “The publication of this rule is another landmark moment in the ongoing fight for workplace dignity and fairness for LGBT Americans. These critical, long overdue protections – covering approximately 20 percent of the entire labor force – build on a bipartisan tradition dating back over 70 years of prohibiting taxpayer-funded discrimination,” Laura W. Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office said.
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Gay-rights and human-rights organizations worldwide are condemning the decision by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law horrific new legislation that could lead to life in prison for some LGBT people in The Gambia. HRC and other organizations are calling on the Obama Administration to conduct a full diplomatic review of the United States’ relationship with Gambia.
According to a new Associated Press report, Jammeh actually signed the bill into law on October 9, although “no government officials have yet publicly notified the country of the new law.” According to multiple news reports, earlier this year The Gambia’s National Assembly passed the legislation that includes nearly identical language to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, and the bill has since awaited the signature of Jammeh, who has a deeply troubling record on LGBT rights.
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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]
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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.
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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.
Read the full letter after the jump…
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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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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 Railroad. The 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.
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