President Obama:  Sign the Executive Order Adding LGBT Workplace Protections to Millions of American Jobs
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President Obama: Sign the Executive Order Adding LGBT Workplace Protections to Millions of American Jobs

    1. Petition by

      Tico Almeida, Freedom to Work

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July 2014

Victory

Here’s what President Obama said at the White House when he recently signed the historic executive order protecting LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination at the companies that profit from federal contracts:

“Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day come. You organized, you spoke up, you signed petitions, you sent letters — I know because I got a lot of them…Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government — the government of the people by the people and for the people — will become just a little bit fairer.”

Freedom to Work was the LGBT organization that took the lead on petitioning the President – with almost 200,000 signatures on their online petition. Thank you for being one of the many people who took action.

Freedom to Work has also challenged corporate power by filing a lawsuit against ExxonMobil for anti-gay discrimination, and now they’re working to push Congress to back a strong law that would create LGBT workplace protections nationwide.

If you'd like to stay up-to-date on news from Freedom to Work, please follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freedom-to-Work/259455654081457?ref_type=bookmark and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/freedomtowork.

Thank you again for taking action. Because of your voice, President Obama took a historic stand for LGBT Americans.

Dear President Obama,

We write to urge you to build on your record as the strongest president in U.S. history for promoting equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans by signing an executive order to ban federal contractors from engaging in anti-LGBT workplace discrimination. Nobody should ever be fired or harassed just because of who they are or whom they love. We agree with Freedom to Work and many other LGBT organizations that if corporations are going to take money from American taxpayers, then they should have to abide by American values like judging people based on their talent and hard work, not their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

DynCorp, a military contractor which profits from billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars, was recently exposed for running a hostile work environment in which one employee was bullied at work and called “faggot,” “queer” and “dick-sucker” on a daily basis. After more than 50,000 citizens signed a petition on change.org, DynCorp finally agreed to add LGBT protections to its anti-harassment policies. However, many more companies will take this positive step once you approve the executive order that your staff has already drafted and recommended you sign. In fact, research by the Williams Institute shows that by issuing an executive order, you will cover more than 16 million additional workers against LGBT discrimination.

Your executive order will be popular: A recent poll by the Center for American Progress found that almost 70% of likely 2012 voters support this very executive order. That support crosses political party lines, with 83% of Democrats, 69% of Independents, and even a majority of Republicans in favor of presidential action to stop LGBT discrimination.

Your executive order will be good for businesses and U.S. taxpayers: Most of the top government contractors – companies like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin – already have LGBT non-discrimination rules, and they adopted them because they realize that discrimination is bad for the bottom line. Your executive order will only affect the hold-out companies that still engage in prejudice. As taxpayers, we should never have our money squandered by letting our government subsidize discrimination and harassment.

Most importantly, your executive order is the right thing to do: LGBT Americans deserve full equality under the law, and we expect our elected officials to promote equality of opportunity whenever they can. According to news reports, your staff at the Justice Department and Labor Department have already written and approved the text of the executive order, and all that remains is for you to sign it. We respectfully urge you to do so.

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    1. President Obama signs historic Executive Order protecting LGBT workers

      Here’s what President Obama said at the White House when he recently signed the historic executive order protecting LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination at the companies that profit from federal contracts:

      “Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day come. You organized, you spoke up, you signed petitions, you sent letters — I know because I got a lot of them…Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government — the government of the people by the people and for the people — will become just a little bit fairer.”

      Freedom to Work was the LGBT organization that took the lead on petitioning the President – with almost 200,000 signatures on their online petition. Thank you for being one of the many people who took action.

      Freedom to Work has also challenged corporate power by filing a lawsuit against ExxonMobil for anti-gay discrimination, and now they’re working to push Congress to back a strong law that would create LGBT workplace protections nationwide.

      If you'd like to stay up-to-date on news from Freedom to Work, please follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freedom-to-Work/259455654081457?ref_type=bookmark and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/freedomtowork.

      Thank you again for taking action. Because of your voice, President Obama took a historic stand for LGBT Americans.

      Freedom to Work

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    2. Reached 150,000 signatures
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    4. Reached 100,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Isabel Cuevas HIALEAH, FL
      • 2 months ago

      I am part of the LGBT community

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    • Lee Hardy BOISE, ID
      • 2 months ago

      Because I do not like the fact that people who share my sexual preferences are being discriminated against at the workplace over something that petty and insignificant.

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    • Jason Scott DOVER, DE
      • 3 months ago

      To whom this may concern,

      I have been trying to reach out to our President Barack Obama since January 2014 and had no success. I read the local news and see that he will be visiting Wilmington, DE this Thursday, July 17, 2014 with regards to I-495. I understand that he is only coming to visit Delaware for this one cause, however I’m sure if him and his officials of the White House was aware of the discrimination actions that are going on here in Delaware he would be eager to learn more about. My story is one of many that have been sweep under the rug and President Obama wouldn’t mind assisting me to stop this discrimination. President Obama needs to be full aware of what is going on within UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Newark, DE. As I am a honest witness of sexual orientation discrimination since September 2009. I recently seen online that our President signed the Executive Order adding LGBT Protections to Millions of Jobs, this case definitely falls within this topic. I was a temporary employee working through Kellys Services at the world wide company known UPS, Supply Chain Solutions and was terminated based of false allegations. UPS first reported to Kellys Services that I was terminated because I was late on 9/11/2009, when in fact the true reason of my termination was because I was gay. I received this true statement from a fellow coworker via text message a few months after I had filed my discrimination charge against them. I has also heard the same rumors prior to filing the discrimination charge that is what triggered me to contact Department of Labor/EEOC. After I received my right to sue letter from EEOC UPS changed their false allegations to state that I was not an employee of theirs. I have been overwhelmed with this entire situation ranging from depression, anxiety and not to mention suicidal. I am willing to speak out about this company and would like to share more information regarding this case. My case is pending within the US Supreme Court, however I was notified last week that my case will be closed all because I submitted my petition in the wrong format.

      I am begging and requesting that someone from only your organization to follow up with me so I can share this devastating story with the world.

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    • Ethan Armstrong WINSTON SALEM, NC
      • 3 months ago

      I am a transman so this is very important to me.

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    • Se-Darius Gray NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • 3 months ago

      I am gay as well and I know how it feel to be different and how that some time can affect the views on others at work or even at school...

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