This was an Out & Equal monthly Town Call that was held on March 28, 2013. Information on viewing the archived version is contained in this blog. Out & Equal’s Training Department hosts a free monthly webinar Town Call on a current Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) topic. These calls cover a wide range of issues and are based on feedback we receive from our webinar participants. You can find past Town Calls and register for upcoming Town Calls on our website. Each month we post links to Town Call recordings here once they are done for you to use as a resource and to give you the opportunity to lend your voice to the conversations with comments below.
Moving Forward on the Federal Non-discrimination Act
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Over the past several years, the LGBT community has witnessed some meaningful progress in United States Federal laws and policies. The last US Congress passed hate crime legislation covering both sexual orientation and gender identity, and they repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The current Administration has provided guidance for the inclusion of LGBT citizens on a number of important fronts, and the US Supreme Court is currently considering the constitutionality of both Proposition 8 and the DOMA in its first time taking on marriage equality cases. A fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, however, has remained out of reach. This panel of experts – featuring Tico Almeida, Executive Director, Freedom to Work; Stacey Long, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Task Force; and Bill Hendrix, PhD, Business Partner, Coastal States, Dow Agro Sciences LLC – from legislative, activist and corporate arenas discusses the work being done to advance ENDA and why it needs to remain a top priority for the LGBT community as well as the broader business community.
Mark your calendar for our next town call, April 25, 2013. LGBT Parenting: Our Children Speak, with Paul Perry, Zach Wahls, Shirley Edwards, and Chris Crespo. Register now.