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President Obama's Bold Order on Bias

By New York Times, New York Times - July 22, 2014

“Our government of the people, by the people and for the people will become just a little bit fairer,” said President Obama on Monday just before signing an executive order prohibiting federal contractors, which employ 20 percent of the nation’s work force, from discriminating against gay men, lesbians and transgender people in their employment practices.

“We’re on the right side of history,” Mr. Obama correctly declared regarding this important measure, which also explicitly protects federal employees against discrimination based on gender identity, a category covering transgender employees (bias based on sexual orientation was already prohibited).

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