Support Call for LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Executive Order

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Target: President Obama, Senator Jeff Merkley, and the 36 supporting senators

Goal: To show support for an executive order to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors.

A group of 37 senators recently sent a letter to President Obama calling for an executive order to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors. Currently, it is legal for employers to fire or refuse employment to someone based on their sexual orientation in 29 states and to fire to refuse to hire someone based on gender identity in 34 states. Federal contractors employ over 20 percent of the American workforce, and without nondiscrimination protection, thousands of federal contract employees are vulnerable to unfair hiring and firing practices. Every year, federal contractors receive approximately $500 billion from taxpayers. It is time to ensure that Americans’ tax money is not being sent to companies who are legally able to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The senators are in support of a bill known as the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which would put these protections into law. The bill is likely to be reintroduced in Congress, but, as the senators explain, the executive order would speed up the process of ensuring fair employment practices for LGBTQ Americans. Since doing so would extend equal protection to over 16 million employees, it is imperative that President Obama signs this executive order to help guarantee that more Americans do not end up unemployed and to make better use of taxpayers’ money.

The statistics make it clear that this executive order is necessary: 43 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and 90 percent of transgender people have experienced discrimination in the workplace. Extending nondiscrimination protection for the employment of LGBTQ individuals is long overdue, and doing so would help hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country. Tell the 37 senators and President Obama that you support the call for this executive order.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama, Senator Jeff Merkley, and the 36 supporting senators,

We are writing to show our support for the recent letter calling for an executive order to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors, led by Senator Merkley and supported by 36 senators.

The statistics make it clear that this executive order is necessary: 43 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and 90 percent of transgender people have experienced discrimination in the workplace. And because federal contractors employ about 20 percent of the American workforce, signing this executive order would help guarantee equal protection for hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ employees. With our country’s current economic state and rate of unemployment, we simply cannot afford to bar employment from anyone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Americans in the LGBTQ communities deserve the same opportunities as any other citizen and need protection to ensure that they are not denied such opportunities.

Every year, federal contractors receive approximately $500 billion from taxpayers. As a country, we should not reward companies that do not allow all people a fair chance at employment. As citizens, we do not want to see our tax money in the hands of bigots who feel free to discriminate against our fellow Americans.

Senators, we applaud your commitment to the values of equality and fairness and hope to see further evidence of your dedication to LGBTQ rights in the future. Mr. President, you have the power to immediately help guarantee equal workplace treatment of millions of Americans. We ask that you sign this executive order.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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