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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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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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Department of Labor Expands FMLA Coverage to Include Domestic Partners

June 24, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Department of Labor issued new regulations for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), expanding its coverage to include non-traditional families like same-sex partners who take care of their partner's children and relatives who may care for a niece or nephew or cousin.

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Congress Advances Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy

May 28, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The United States is moving closer to repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT), a policy that requires lesbian and gay servicemembers to conceal their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 234-194 to allow the Department of Defense to repeal the policy after the completion of a Pentagon implementation study. The vote came just hours after the Senate Armed Service Committee approved similar legislation by a vote of 16-12.

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Congress to Vote Soon on "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Repeal

May 20, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Congress is expected to vote soon on legislation to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell," a policy that requires LGBT servicemen and women to conceal their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.

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Federal Sentencing Guidelines Amended to Include Gender Identity

May 14, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The U.S. Sentencing Commission recently adopted changes to the federal sentencing guidelines to permit crimes in which the victim is intentionally selected on the basis of gender identity to be eligible for sentencing enhancements.

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Study: Foreign Militaries Experience "No Negative Impact" with Swift Integration of Openly Gay Soldiers

March 2, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

UPDATE:  On March 3, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I. CT, introduced a bill to repeal "don't ask, don't tell."

A new study released by the Palm Center, a research group at the University of California, Santa Barbara, finds that foreign militaries that have made the transition to allowing openly gay service members did so successfully by implementing the new policies swiftly and with decisive leadership.

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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy to Change by 2011

February 3, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, announced yesterday the creation of a working group within the Department of Defense that will evaluate how to implement a full repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the law that requires LGBT servicemen and women to keep their sexual orientation a secret or face discharge.

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