Monday, July 21, 2014

Statement from PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby on Executive Orders 11478 and 11246, Federal Workplace Protections

"Today feels like a major shift, a tipping point, in ending workplace discrimination for those of us and our family members and friends who are LGBTQ. Today the American values of fairness and equality--values that thousands of PFLAGers across the country have been advocating for, for decades--are taking a major leap forward.

Today, President Obama made history, signing Executive Orders 11478 and 11246, moving so many more people into the protected column which tens of millions of other Americans might take for granted: being judged in the workplace based on what they do, not who they are or whom they love. And for that, PFLAGers everywhere say thank you.

Today, I am more hopeful than ever that fairness can win over discrimination, but only if we continue to stand up and speak out, reaching our elected officials in their local communities, their statehouses, and on Capitol Hill about why discrimination is not an American value.

Today, PFLAGers everywhere recommit to creating a world where society not only affirms people who are LGBTQ, but celebrates this rich diversity."

Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director PFLAG National

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