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September 29, 2014

The Minnesota Star Tribune – the most widely-read newspaper in the state – has been widely criticized by users of social media for publishing a full-page advert on Sunday that many readers consider to be anti-transgender

The full-page advert was placed by the Minnesota Child Protection League. The advert encourages parents to contact Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) officials and ask them to oppose a transgender student policy.

The advert, which many feel plays on trans bigotry and prejudice, depicts the tiled wall of a changing room shower facility. Written over the image, it says, ‘A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are you OK with that?’

September 27, 2014

'We don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody?'

A US congressman's office insists he does not support discrimination against LGBTI employees, although there's a recording of him saying otherwise.

At a early September town hall meeting, a Think Progress reporter asked Representative Robert Pittenger if he supported the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'

September 9, 2014

HRC President Chad Griffin: 'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization'

The Human Rights Campaign has formally apologized to the transgender community for putting their issues on the back burner in the past.

'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization,' HRC President Chad Griffin said over the weekend at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta.

July 21, 2014

Order bans federal government and federal contractors from discriminating against emplyees based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order today that protects employees of the federal government and of federal contractors from being discriminated based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

July 8, 2014

ACLU, Lambda Legal and Transgender Law Center among the groups to say 'inclusion of this provision is no longer tenable'

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act has lost the support of several leading LGBTI legal groups on Tuesday (8 July) because religious groups would be exempt from the long-stalled legislation.

The American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal; National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center issued a joint statement saying the current version of ENDA allows religious organizations to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

July 1, 2014

Just days after a CNBC host speculated about his sexuality, Apple computers boss Tim Cook has given a send off to 5,000 Apple staff before they marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance before the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, paying tribute to those marching under the slogan ‘Apple Pride’ with 5,000 employees.

Cook posed for photos with Apple staff before the parade and tweeted a photo of Apple’s entry in the parade to his 536,000 followers on Twitter.

The 53-year-old attended the launch event for Apple's marchers just days after CNBC host Simon Hobbs worried he had outed Cook, asking why there were not more openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

July 1, 2014

Makes surprise announcement during White House Pride reception

At a White House reception celebrating LGBTI pride, US President Barack Obama surprised attendees when he announced plans to sign an executive order protecting all federal workers from gender identity discrimination.

This is in addition to the executive order he plans to sign to protect employees of federal contractors from anti-LGBTI discrimination.

Obama's action is taking place as the US House of Representatives continues to stall the Employment Non-Discrimination Act already passed by the US Senate.

June 26, 2014

'Nearly 44 percent of Americans live in a state where same-sex couples can be legally married, and I believe this number will only continue to grow'

US Senator Susan Collins of Maine on Wednesday (25 June) became the fourth Republican member of the Senate to publicly endorse gay marriage.

'A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,' Collins told the Bangor Daily News.

She follows in the footsteps of Republican Senate colleagues Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

June 24, 2014

A new poll has found that a large majority of Americans wrongly believe that it is already illegal to fire someone over their sexuality under federal law despite the Employment Non-Discrimination Act stalling in Congress

A new YouGov/Huffington Post survey has found that 69% of Americans wrongly believe it is already illegal to fire someone for being gay or lesbian under US federal law – while another 18% were unsure.

Only 13% of Americans surveyed in the poll knew that gays and lesbians are not protected from discrimination in employment under federal law when asked.

June 18, 2014

'In the United States of America, who you are and who you love shouldn't be a fireable offense'

The day before speaking at a Democratic National Committee LGBT fundraiser in New York City Tuesday (17 June), President Barack Obama had already let it be known that he was taking action on a long-simmering issue.

As the Republican-controlled House of Representatives continues to ignore the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Obama has finally agreed to sign an executive order that would offer some of the protections as that long-delayed legislation.

June 16, 2014

Long-requested step comes as US congress fails to pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act

President Barack Obama is planning to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The move comes as the US Congress continues to be stalled on the long-delayed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, commonly known as ENDA. The legislation passed the Senate last year but has languished in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

March 23, 2014

Biden also called on the US Congress to immediately pass ENDA – an anti-workplace-discrimination bill that has been introduced every year for the last 20 years but was never passed

US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Congress to pass a bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay men and lesbians, and declared that the United States is committed to champion LGBT equality worldwide.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala held in downtown Los Angeles, the Vice President told the almost 1,000-strong audience that it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject and it's 'close to barbaric' that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

March 19, 2014

A large group of Congressional Democrats have asked US President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning businesses who have contracts with the US Government from discriminating against LGBTI people

195 Democratic members of the US Congress have written to US President Barack Obama asking him to ban federal contractors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or transgender status.

The group includes 47 senators and 148 members of the US House of Representatives and the initiative has been lead by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Polis.

January 29, 2014

HRC's Chad Griffin says US president also 'side-stepped' commitment to sign executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday (28 January), US President Barack Obama had been expected to make some mention of the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

It did not happen.

Known as ENDA, the act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal anti-discrimination protections. It has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994 and never had enough support for passage.

December 15, 2013

In acceptance of award from Auburn University, Apple CEO Tim Cook connects his experiences growing up in the US South to today's struggle for LGBTI rights

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, repeated his call for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The out business leader made the comments in a speech in New York City this past week. His alma mater, Auburn University, gave him the International Quality of Life Award.

December 14, 2013

Transgender US activists point to the pitfalls of the movement when compared to the successes for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals

While gays and lesbians in the US can point to a string of recent political successes, the transgender community lags behind in recognition and rights.

In an Associated Press article, activists pointed to the outright hostility the community faces.

November 14, 2013

US House Speaker: 'People are already protected in the workplace'

John Boehner insists he is against workplace discrimination but he sees 'no basis or no need' for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the US Senate last week.

Although there are still 29 states in the US in which LGBT people can be fired just for being who they are, the speaker of the House of Representatives says ENDA is not needed.

November 14, 2013

In the world of Sandy Rios, Christians are filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice

Sandy Rios knows Christians. The American Family Association radio has serious doubts about the late October story about a Christian couple refusing to tip a gay waiter and calling him a ‘fag'.

November 7, 2013

After 64-32 vote, attention now turns to House where Republican leadership expected to let legislation die

After nearly 20 years, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has finally passed the US Senate.

The legislation, known as ENDA, has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994. It was last voted on by the full senate in 1996 when it fell one vote shy of passage.

In the end, the 64-32 vote had every Democratic senator and 10 of their Republican colleagues voting in favor of passage.

Surprisingly, among the Republicans supporting ENDA was Arizona Senator John McCain who was a vocal opponent of ending the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

November 7, 2013

'One house of Congress should not stand in the way of millions of Americans who want to go to work each day and simply be judged by the job they do'

US President Barack Obama wasted no time Thursday (7 November) in putting pressure on the Republican-led House of Representatives to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

In a statement shortly after the full Senate approved the measure to protect LGBT employees in the workplace, Obama zeroed in on the House where Republican Speaker John Boehner is against the legislation.

November 5, 2013

Democratic leader Harry Reid says Boehner 'fails to take into account the heartbreak and suffering' by LGBTI employees

The US Senate is on the verge giving final passage to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act after nearly two decades of setbacks for the legislation seeking to protect LGBTI workers.

But GOP leader John Boehner is making clear ENDA will not have similar success when the legislation moves over to the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Boehner Michael Steel said in a statement this week: 'The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.'

November 4, 2013

Tim Cook has urged the US Senate to back the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, saying allowing LGBT people to be who they are at work is good for business

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has urged the US Senate to stop discrimination against LGBTI employees.

Writing an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, the highest paid CEO in the world has said allowing people to be free to be who they are is simply good for business.

He challenged the House of Representatives to bring the Employment Non-discrimination Act to the floor for a vote.