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STATEMENT: CAP’s Winnie Stachelberg on the Announcement of Executive Order Banning Discrimination Against LGBT Americans by Federal Contractors

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Contact: Tom Caiazza
Phone: 202.481.7141
Email: tcaiazza@americanprogress.org

Washington, D.C. — Following today’s announcement that President Barack Obama intends to sign an executive order banning discrimination of LGBT Americans by federal contractors, Center for American Progress Executive Vice President for External Affairs Winnie Stachelberg issued the following statement:

“President Obama has long supported basic workplace fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, workers, and the American people overwhelmingly agree that taxpayer-funded discrimination should end. Today’s announcement by the administration is welcome news for the far too many LGBT Americans currently living in fear of losing their jobs simply because of who they are or whom they love. The administration’s careful consideration of this issue and its strong commitment to widening the circle of opportunity means that the goal of true workplace fairness for all Americans is closer than ever before.”

CAP has long been a leader on workplace fairness for the LGBT community. Click here and here for more information about the organization’s efforts to ensure that all Americans are treated fairly in the workplace.

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