The Employment Non-Discrimination Act [ENDA] would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It currently includes a broad exemption for religious organizations. A recent U.S. Supreme court ruling in a case brought by Hobby Lobby said family-owned businesses do not have to offer their employees contraceptive coverage that conflict with the owners’ personal religious beliefs. As a result of this ruling, six of the nation’s leading LGBT rights advocacy groups withdrew their support for […]
The FDA’s lifetime ban on blood donation from gay men is discriminatory and perpetuates negative stereotypes. Gay men are currently prohibited from giving blood based on an antiquated policy put in place before the advances in testing that are available today. Many medical groups, including the American Medical Association and American Red Cross have voted against the FDA’s lifetime ban calling it medically and scientifically unwarranted. Based on research from the Williams Institute, if the FDA lifted the ban completely, there […]
It is legal in 29 of the U.S. states to fire or refuse to hire someone simply because of his or her sexual orientation. Pass ENDA now. The following list of states have no employment non-discrimination law covering sexual orientation or gender identity: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.