LGBTQA1 Nondiscrimination Order Uncertain Under Trump


Sean Spicer


Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said today he isn’t sure if the new president will repeal or maintain President Obama’s executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination by companies that have contracts with the federal government.

“I just don’t know the answer,” Spicer said in response to a question from the Washington Bladeat a press briefing Monday.

In 2014, Obama issued the order prohibiting any company holding a federal contract from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The same year he added gender identity to a nondiscrimination order covering federal government employees; sexual orientation had been included since Bill Clinton’s presidency.

A report released last week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal government agency, indicates the need for nondiscrimination protections. In fiscal year 2016, the first year the EEOC included detailed information about complaints filed by LGBT people, the agency “resolved…

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