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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 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal

December 18, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

UPDATE: President Obama signed the repeal law on December 22.

 

The Senate today passed legislation to repeal the discriminatory "don't ask don't tell" law banning gay and lesbian servicemembers from serving openly in the U.S. military.

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Senate to Vote on DREAM Act and 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal

December 17, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Sen. Harry Reid, D. Nev., has scheduled votes on the DREAM Act, which would provide undocumented immigrant youth whose parents brought them to the U.S. with a path to citizenship if they pursue higher education or serve in the military, and a bill to repeal "don't ask don't tell," the current law requiring lesbian and gay servicemembers to conceal their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.

Both bills are top priorities for the civil and human rights community.

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Government Officials Contribute to Online Video Campaign for LGBT Youth

December 10, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D. Calif., Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius have recently contributed short online videos to the "It Gets Better Project," offering their unique words of support to LGBT youth.

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Senate Vote on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Blocked

December 9, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

A minority of senators succeeded today in blocking consideration of legislation that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell."

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Pentagon Study Shows Majority of Military Sees No Harm in Repealing 'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell'

December 1, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A Pentagon study to assess the impact of repealing the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers found that repeal would pose little risk to military effectiveness.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Identifies Six Priorities for Lame Duck Congress

November 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Congress returns to work next Monday for the lame-duck session, the last work period of the 111th Congress before the new Congress is sworn in next year. 

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has identified the following six goals as the civil and human rights community's highest priorities for the lame duck session:

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U.S. District Judge Issues Injunction on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

October 13, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of California ordered the Department of Defense to suspend all investigations and discharges of lesbian and gay troops in the military under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy.

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Nine Recommendations for Federal Action to Combat Bullying and Harassment

October 8, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

This week, a group of more than 70 civil rights organizations, including The Leadership Conference, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, offered a set of recommendations for federal action, in the wake of the deaths of four teens who had been reportedly subjected to harassment and bullying based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

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Opponents Block Senate Votes on 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' Repeal and DREAM Act

September 22, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Yesterday, the Senate failed to garner enough votes to begin debating the Department of Defense authorization bill, making it less likely that the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal and the DREAM Act, which were both added to the bill as amendments, will become law this year.

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Civil Rights Groups Say Court Decision Means Congress Should Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

September 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Civil rights organizations are urging Congress to move more quickly toward repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that the policy is unconstitutional.

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