Letter To President For Executive Order Banning Contractors From Discriminating Based On Sexual Orientation

by Art Gutman Ph.D., Professor, Florida Institute of Technology

The letter was written on February 20, 2013 and signed by more than 50 organizations. The text of the letter may be viewed at www.dciconsult.com/pdfs/letterlgbt.pdf

The letter quoted from President Obama’s second inaugural address in which he stated “our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.” The letter urges the president to take an immediate step toward legal equality by signing an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The signees to this letter include a diverse set of groups, including:

Advocates for Youth
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Civil Liberties Union
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
American Humanist Association
Anti-Defamation League
Asian American Justice Center
Center for American Progress Action Fund
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Council for Global Equality
Democracy for America
Family Equality Council
Freedom to Work
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
Human Rights Campaign
Immigration Equality
Interfaith Alliance
Japanese American Citizens League
Lambda Legal
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of La Raza
National Employment Law Project
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Minority AIDS Council
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
National Women’s Law Center
The Opportunity Agenda
People For the American Way
PFLAG National
Service Employees International Union
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
Southern Poverty Law Center
Transgender Law Center
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
Unid@s, The National Latin@ LGBT Human Rights Organization
Union for Reform Judaism
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)
The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance

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