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There is currently no federal law protecting individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation. This means that at any time, someone can be discriminated against, fired or not hired simply because he/she is or is perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

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Senate Passes LGBT Worker Protections

November 7, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) today, voting 64-32 to prohibit employers from discriminating against LGBT employees nationwide.

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) Reintroduced in the 113th Congress

April 25, 2013 - Posted by Gabriella Ramel

With no federal law currently protecting  individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, civil rights advocates applauded today the reintroduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in Congress.

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Advocates Emphasize the Need for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

June 14, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Barr

Employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans occurs throughout the United States, according to testimony given at a recent Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on  “Equality at Work: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

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Remembering the Legacy of LGBT Leader Frank Kameny

October 12, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Franklin E. Kameny, one of the nation’s most prominent gay rights leaders, died in his sleep yesterday, on National Coming Out Day. He was 86.

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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Officially Ends Today

September 20, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today, the repeal of "don't ask don't tell" takes effect and gay and lesbian Americans can now serve openly in the United States military.

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Federal Court Orders Government to Stop Enforcing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

July 7, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Yesterday, a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the military to immediately cease enforcing "don't ask don't tell."

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House Armed Services Committee Seeks to Block Progress in Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

May 12, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The recent repeal of ”don’t ask don’t tell” (DADT) encountered a potentially significant setback last night when  the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill of Fiscal Year 2012 that would slow down the process of repeal.

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Joe Solmonese

May 6, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

On May 12, the civil and human rights community will honor Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Joe Solmonese with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for his work fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act Is Re-Introduced in Congress

March 30, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

UPDATE: ENDA was introduced in the Senate on April 14, 2011.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, was re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today by Rep. Barney Frank, D. Mass.

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Transgender People Face “Injustice at Every Turn”

February 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The National Center for Transgender Equity (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force recently released “Injustice at Every Turn,” an  extensive study of the transgender and gender non-conforming community that shows tragic social and economic trends indicating injustices and discrimination against transgender people on a massive scale. 

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