PHB Vid Exclusive: LGBT Reception, Student Activist Delivers Letter to President: Sign the ENDA Executive Order

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 4:00 pm

Friend of the Blend activist Jacob Tobia of Duke, who was there with fellow students representing the sentiments of Duke and UNC student bodies, intended to position himself at the front of the room to hand the letter to the President. I spoke with him outside while waiting in line to enter the White House. I asked him about his plan.

In Wake of ExxonMobil’s Rejection of LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections, WH dodges Executive Order Again

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 2:45 pm

At today’s press briefing, Jay Carney was asked about the status of the executive order that would bar discrimination against LGBTs by federal contractors. This came up because on Wednesday oil conglomerate (and federal contract0r) ExxonMobil held its shareholder meeting, and a vote on LGBT non-discrimination protections was rejected strongly, 80% to 20%. It’s notable that Mobil led on this issue as one of the first companies to include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination policy — after the merger, Exxon rescinded that policy, along with the benefits to the same-sex partners of gay employees.

RNC Head Reince Priebus Signals Party’s Support for ENDA on Meet the Press

By: Monday May 14, 2012 6:49 am

I expect that the professional anti-LGBTs will not like what head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, had to say about employment nondiscrimination and the LGBT community Sunday on Meet the Press.

Occupy Austin OccuQueers Can’t Wait

By: Friday May 11, 2012 7:25 pm

Yesterday was the second action which the Occupy Austin OccuQueers took in support of the Executive Nondiscrimination Act. At our first action, we delivered pens and a letter to the Obama For America headquarters in a silent protest.

GetEQUAL Protests WH Inaction on Executive Order to Ban Workplace Discrimination

By: Friday May 11, 2012 11:20 am

Thursday GetEQUAL, the headline-making, pro-equality social justice advocates staged a peaceful, ardent protest near the White House to urge President Obama to sign an Executive Order to ban workplace discrimination by fed contractors.

Joe Biden Is a Better Skier Than His Boss

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 7:03 pm

The President of the United States did a good thing when he told Americans he supported same-sex marriage. It was overdue but the right thing to say. Whatever the motivations or the circumstances, the statement supported a principled stand that will help make us a better nation.

So let’s hear it for . . . Joe Biden, whose simple, humane statement two days earlier pushed his boss into saying something that needed to be said but that he either didn’t want to say or wasn’t quite ready to say. In our political culture, Joe just made one of those “gaffes” — something a politician says that’s correct or true when saying it is supposed to be awkward. More “gaffes,” please, Joe.

Robbed of the Ability to Celebrate the President’s Statement on Marriage Equality

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 11:41 am

For those of us in NC still smarting, we really do seek some of the joy from yesterday’s announcement by the President. We have to get the enthusiasm back and continue our work for equality. I do know that it will come. Just not right now.

Despite Marriage Equality Shift, Obama Still Won’t Sign LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 9:01 am

I think that the President’s announcement yesterday on marriage equality is worthy of praise. Yet I also see John Cole’s point that, at the end of the day, the President merely expressed an opinion. Presidents expressing an opinion matters more than, say, me expressing one, but we can judge on actions and not words. And there is a list of advances over the last four years on gay rights.

That’s why it’s so puzzling that, on the same day as this expression of opinion, the Administration reiterated that they will not sign the executive order banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation at federal contractors.

ENDA: That’s the Sound of Jim Messina’s Blood Curdling

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 12:39 pm

Dave Dayen reported this morning on Greg Sargent’s scoop about big LGBT donors withholding donations from the Obama campaign over the President’s refusal to sign an executive order on ENDA. Unless I miss my guess, “we have heard from at least half a dozen major gay and progressive donors” is code for what used to be known in donor circles as “the Cabinet” or “the Gay 8.” The White House is pushing back on the Sargent article and telling journalists that there really are no problems. But if that’s the case, where are the traditional LGBT 527 donors?

Gay Donors Begin Boycotting Obama Campaign Over Anti-Discrimination Executive Order (ENDA)

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 7:40 am

LGBT fundraising has replaced Wall Street as a main source of support for the Obama campaign. But the President’s equivocation on ENDA and confusing rhetoric on marriage equality on other gay rights issues has depressed that support. In some cases, it has closed up that well.

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