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Time to Cancel Exxon’s Government Contracts?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Exxon-Mobil logoIssuing an executive order banning LGBT workplace discrimination was a critical step. Enforcing it will make history.

The order prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment by amending an existing order banning sexual orientation discrimination within the federal workforce. It also prohibits the federal government from contracting with companies that discriminate against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by amending an order prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

What better place is there to start enforcing the executive order than with Exxon Mobil, the worst-rated company in the history of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index? Until Exxon finally implements employment nondiscrimination protections for its LGBT employees and works to create an equal-opportunity environment, the federal government should cancel Exxon’s $424 million in 2014 primary contracts (as of August 7) and refuse to sign new ones. Exxon is also a subcontractor on additional contracts, but these dollar amounts are not publicly available. These, too, should be canceled and no new ones signed.

Authored By Antonia Juhasz – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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USA: Bisexuals at the Table

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

BisexualOn Monday, Sept 23, 2013, I found myself in Washington, DC, in a room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. With me were 31 other bi activists from around the US – and one from Canada – to meet with White House staff and federal government officials for an historic event, a true first of its kind. The meeting was a bisexual public policy roundtable, and there was a total of about sixty of us in attendance.

That day happened to be National Celebrate Bisexuality Day. For years, bisexual activists have asked for a place at the proverbial table. Now we finally had one. We had three hours to state our case and share with the federal government the unique and debilitating challenges facing our community, to hear from them the things they were doing or want to do to partner with us for change, and to build relationships that will hopefully save and improve bisexual lives.

Sounds very active, huh? Jam-packed? It was! Then why did I use the passive-voiced, “I found myself” in the opening sentence of this essay? That’s because that’s what I did. Oh, I worked to get myself in that room. I worked hard to keep myself in that room, and I busted my butt to make the most of my time in that room. But I also found myself in that room.

Authored By Amy Andre – See the Full Story at the Billerico Project

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VT: US Government Threatens to Deport Married Lesbian

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Vermont Bi-National Lesbian CoupleYet another married binational gay couple is being hit with a deportation threat over DOMA, WCAX reports:

Frances Herbert and Takako Ueda met in college and have known each other for 30 years. They have shared countless dinners, laughs and tears. “I knew that she was the one,” Ueda said.

After college Ueda returned to Japan and started a life with a husband and new home. But after a visit from Herbert in 1999, her life changed again.

“When I die. When I put my one leg into a coffin, I don’t want to regret,” she said.

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