LGBT rights: A 2014 wishlist

2014 in sparklersBY STEVE WILLIAMS

While 2013 saw some amazing advances for LGBT rights, we’re hoping 2014 can be even better. Here are just some of the important LGBT rights victories we’ll be looking for in the new year.

1. Stopping Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination

We scored a small victory this year when for the first time in years the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed the US Senate in a bipartisan vote.

ENDA would make it illegal to make employment decisions, like hiring, firing or even promoting, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill carries broad exemptions for religious institutions and, in some cases, small businesses. Its purpose is to remedy the fact that in a majority of states it is still legal under state law to fire someone for being trans, and in a number states sexual orientation workplace discrimination is still also legal.


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