LGBT Equality Caucus

LGBT Equality Cacus

From left to right: Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI); Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ); Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA); Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI); Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME)*; Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)**; Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY); Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). *Congressman Mike Michaud retired at the end of the 113th Congress. **Senator Tammy Baldwin was a founding Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus before being elected to the U.S. Senate.
From left to right: Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI); Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ); Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA); Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI); Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME)*; Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)**; Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY); Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).
*Congressman Mike Michaud retired at the end of the 113th Congress.
**Senator Tammy Baldwin was a founding Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus before being elected to the U.S. Senate.

The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus was established in the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2008 by Co-Chairs Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Barney Frank (D-MA), along with Members of Congress who are strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. Today, the Caucus is co-chaired by the six openly LGBT Members of Congress.

Our Co-Chairs are Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO); Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI); Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY); Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI); Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ); Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA).
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Mission

The Equality Caucus serves as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues at the federal level. The Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well-being for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

For more: http://lgbt-polis.house.gov

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  1. Thursday, June 4, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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    President Obama welcomes the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants to the White House

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  2. LGBT Equality Caucus

    The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus was established in the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2008 by Co-Chairs Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Barney Frank (D-MA), along with Members of Congress who are strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. Today, the Caucus is co-chaired by the six openly LGBT Members of Congress.

    Our Co-Chairs are Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO); Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI); Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY); Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI); Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ); Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA).

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    Mission

    The Equality Caucus serves as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues at the federal level. The Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well-being for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

    For more: http://lgbt-polis.house.gov

    • May 29, 2015

      Presidential Proclamation– LGBT Pride Month, 2015

      LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2015

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      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy’s reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution. Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society. But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities — that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us — and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.

      Across our Nation, tremendous progress has been won by determined individuals who stood up, spoke out, and shared their stories. Earlier this year, because of my landmark Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination, protections for Federal contractors went into effect, guarding against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Federal Government is now leading by example, ensuring that our employees and contractors are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love. And I will keep calling on the Congress to pass legislation so that all Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/29/presidential-proclamation-lgbt-pride-month-2015

    • Five Times President Obama Made LGBT History

      May 9, 2015 by Hayley Miller – hrc.org

      Three years ago today, President Barack Obama voiced his strong support for full marriage equality.

      “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC News.

      Less than a year after his statement, the Supreme Court heard the historic marriage equality casesUnited States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry. The Supreme Court would eventually strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and bring marriage equality back to California, leading up to a rapidly changing marriage equality landscape across the county.

      While President Obama’s statement was a watershed moment in the fight for nationwide marriage equality, the final decision now lays in the hands of the Supreme Court Justice. Following the hearing ofObergefell v. Hodges last month, the Supreme Court must decide whether the U.S. Constitution allows for states to discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them the right to marry or refusing to recognize their marriages performed in jurisdictions where they are legal.

      President Obama doesn’t just stand on the right side of history when it comes to marriage equality. His statement was just one part of the President’s unwavering and outspoken legacy and support for the LGBTQ community.

      In honor of the milestone statement three years ago today, here are five other times President Obama stood up for the LGBT community:

      1. In 2009, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. The law gives the Justice Department the power to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

      2. In 2010, President Barack Obama signed a historic memorandum that protects the visitation and healthcare decision-making rights of LGBT people.

      3. In 2011, the Obama Administration put an end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a law that prohibited qualified gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly in the armed forces.

      4. President Obama made history in 2014 by signing an Executive Order to protect transgender federal employees from workplace discrimination and set strong new standards for federal contractors. With just the stoke of his pen, 14 million more American workers were protected on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

      5. President Obama’s State of the Union address this year marked the first time a U.S. President has referenced bisexual or trans people in the annual speech.

    • Release No: NR-272-15

      July 13, 2015 dod.gov

      Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on DOD Transgender Policy

      Over the last fourteen years of conflict, the Department of Defense has proven itself to be a learning organization. This is true in war, where we have adapted to counterinsurgency, unmanned systems, and new battlefield requirements such as MRAPs. It is also true with respect to institutional activities, where we have learned from how we repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” from our efforts to eliminate sexual assault in the military, and from our work to open up ground combat positions to women. Throughout this time, transgender men and women in uniform have been there with us, even as they often had to serve in silence alongside their fellow comrades in arms.

      The Defense Department’s current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions. At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they’re able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them the opposite. Moreover, we have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines – real, patriotic Americans – who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit.

      Today, I am issuing two directives to deal with this matter. First, DoD will create a working group to study over the next six months the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly. Led by (Acting) Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Brad Carson, and composed of military and civilian personnel representing all the military services and the Joint Staff, this working group will report to Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work. At my direction, the working group will start with the presumption that transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness, unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified. Second, I am directing that decision authority in all administrative discharges for those diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identify themselves as transgender be elevated to Under Secretary Carson, who will make determinations on all potential separations.

      As I’ve said before, we must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Going forward, the Department of Defense must and will continue to improve how we do both. Our military’s future strength depends on it.

    • In first, White House hires openly trans staffer

      August 18, 2015 at 9:00 am EDT | by Chris Johnson – washingtonblade

      The White House for the first time has hired an openly transgender person as a member of its staff, LGBT advocates and the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

      Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, who formerly served in trans advocacy as policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Racial & Economic Justice Initiative, has been appointed to a senior position in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. She’s set to begin her new role as an outreach and recruitment director in the Presidential Personnel Office on Tuesday.

      Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, welcomed the addition of Freedman-Gurspan to the White House in a statement to the Washington Blade.

      “Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this administration champions,” Jarrett said. “Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this administration.”

      According to the White House website, the Office of Presidential Personnel oversees the selection process for presidential appointments and works to recruit qualified candidates for service in departments and agencies across the government.

      Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said she’s “elated” about the addition of Freedman-Gurspan to the White House staff.

      “That the first transgender appointee is a transgender woman of color is itself significant,” Keisling said. “And that the first White House transgender appointee is a friend is inspiring to me and to countless others who have been touched by Raffi’s advocacy.”

      See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/08/18/in-first-white-house-hires-openly-trans-staffer/

  3. Jobless Claims Dropped to 276,000 Last Week

    “There isn’t a whole lot of fat to trim”

    June 4, 2015 by Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Fewer workers filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, signaling the U.S. job market remains firm even after growth plunged at the start of the year.

    Jobless claims decreased by 8,000 to 276,000 in the week ended May 30 from a revised 284,000 in the prior period, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 52 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 278,000. The total number of people receiving unemployment insurance payments was the smallest in more than 14 years.

    Firings that have remained subdued mean employers could consider adding to staff as the economy emerges from a first-quarter slump. Job figures released Friday from the Labor Department are set to show steady gains in hiring that should allow Federal Reserve officials to maintain confidence that labor-market progress is on track.

    “This suggests businesses really did look through the weakness in the first quarter,” said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, whose projection for 275,000 claims was among the closest in the Bloomberg survey. “The job market continues to do reasonably well.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-04/fewer-american-workers-file-claims-for-unemployment-benefits

  4. U.S. Payroll to Population Rate 44.5% in May

    June 4, 2015 Ben Ryan – gallup

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Payroll to Population employment rate (P2P), as measured by Gallup, was 44.5% in May. This is up 0.6 percentage points from the previous month, and is identical to the rate measured in May 2014. This represents the strongest month-to-month change for P2P so far this year, in line with an expected seasonal rise in full-time employment.

    For more: http://www.gallup.com/poll/183488/payroll-population-rate-may.aspx?utm_source=Economy&utm_medium=newsfeed&utm_campaign=tiles

    • IMF Recommends Fed Officials Rethink Plans To Raise Interest Rates

      JUNE 05, 2015 4:59 AM ET – Renee Montagne – npr

      The U.S. economic outlook is positive, despite slower than expected growth in the first quarter. Renee Montagne talks to Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, about some of the group’s recommendations.

      The U.S. economic outlook is positive, despite slower than expected growth in the first quarter. Renee Montagne talks to Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, about some of the group’s recommendations.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2015/06/05/412177062/imf-recommends-fed-officials-rethink-plans-to-raise-interest-rates

  5. June 04, 2015

    Remarks by the President Honoring the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants

    East Room

    2:25 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Have a seat, have a seat. Welcome to the White House. For these folks I guess it’s welcome ¬back. (Laughter and applause.) This is the third time in the last five years — the World Champion, the San Francisco Giants! (Applause.)

    We have a lot of Giants fans in the house. (Applause.) We’ve got some members of Congress, including Leader Nancy Pelosi. (Applause.) Mayor Lee is here. (Applause.) The outstanding CEO of the Giants, Larry Baer. (Applause.) I am particularly honored to have a couple of trailblazing Hall of Famers here — Monte Irvin. (Applause.) And the “Say Hey Kid” — Willie Mays. (Applause.) And, of course, we’ve got a manager who seems to be making his own case for Cooperstown, Bruce Bochy. (Applause.)

    So this is quite a crew that we’ve got up here. They have won three titles in five years — probably only matched soon by the Blackhawks, who are — but that’s hockey so I’ll — (Laughter.) This is the first National League team in almost 70 years to do that. They have not lost a playoff series since 2003. And they’re doing it all at a time when we’ve got more playoff teams than ever, more parity than we’ve seen in a long time. I mean, even the Cubs have a shot this year. (Laughter.) And I continue to hold out hope that the White Sox can turn it around.

    But all that parity seems to wipe away whenever the Giants make the playoffs. I mean, the truth is, it seems like if they get in, they’ll probably win it. They’ve got that “even year” magic. They’ve got that championship experience. I seem to be good luck for them. (Laughter and applause.) And I guess they do have one other thing — Madison Bumgarner. (Applause.)

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/04/remarks-president-honoring-world-series-champion-san-francisco-giants

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