Obama to sign executive action for workplace LGBT equality

Because of an executive order, federal contractors will no longer be allowed to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. President Obama is expected to sign the order, but it is unknown when he will do so. Though this is a huge step in the journey towards workplace equality, there is still room for improvement. The Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) has yet to pass both houses of Congress, which would provide workplace equality benefits to individuals working in the private sector. Until then, we can celebrate the win today with an eye towards tomorrow.

Valerie Jarrett, President Obama's senior advisor, tweeted today in confirmation:

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