July 22, 2014
We all worked so hard to get to this moment and I felt so blessed to be there to represent all of you. I know that Courage Campaign had a petiton urging the President to sign this executive order, and 34,000+ people signed it.
And on a more personal note, I wanted to be there to make sure there’s an LGBT person with disabilities in the crowd.
We won two major things with this order, which I’ll get into later, in a more analytical post: (1) businesses who have contracts with the federal government (who is the largest employer!) cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity ever again, and (2) the federal government was already barred from discriminating against federal employees based on their sexual orientation; now, the federal government is barred from discrimination based on gender identity as well.
Mia Macy, who was involved in an EEOC case in favor of transgender federal employees, attended the event.This is a historic step in our movement. As President Obama himself said in his remarks, “more states now allow same-sex marriage than prohibit discrimination against LGBT workers.” This action is a historic move toward full employment equality.
EqualityOnTrial will have more coverage of the details of the EO (and more pictures!) soon!