- The Washington Times - Monday, November 4, 2013

President Obama may have just pushed for quick congressional action for a ban on workplace discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, but not all LGBT activists are enamored with his action.

Some say that it’s just too little and that he could do a whole lot more, BuzzFeed reported.

Mr. Obama wrote in a blog that was just posted at The Huffington Post: “Congress needs to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, also known as ENDA, which would provide strong federal protections against discrimination, making it explicitly illegal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

But Tico Almeida, who founded Freedom to Work, a nonprofit that’s dedicated to wiping out all forms of discrimination in the workforce, said the blog post is a far cry from the big promises Mr. Obama made to the LGBT crowd.

“This blog post is a little late and nowhere near as important as the impact President Obama could have by leading through example and creating a strong federal policy that our tax dollars will not be wasted on anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination,” he said, BuzzFeed reported.

In 2008, Mr. Obama told a coalition of LGBT activists that he would support federal policy banning workplace bias based on gender and sexual choice. He has yet to bring that notion to reality, however, leaving LGBT activists frustrated and even angry.

Mr. Almeida also said, as BussFeed reported: “Obama has provided years of underwhelming leadership in the fight against LGBT workplace discrimination. He should move beyond these mere words and take long overdue action to protect LGBT Americans from harassment and discrimination at the corporations that profit from federal funds.”


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