The Washington Post Joins Growing Chorus in Support of Executive Action on LGBT Workplace Protections

Freedom to Work Calls on President Obama to Level Playing Field for Federal Contractors

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today the Washington Post published an editorial calling on President Obama to take swift executive action by signing an Executive Order barring federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This is the second time the newspaper has pushed the President to take this common-sense step -- a step that is supported by nearly three-quarters of likely 2012 voters.

Tico Almeida, president of Freedom to Work, said, "Seventy-two Members of Congress, The New York Times, and The Washington Post all agree with 73% of American voters that 'We Can't Wait' on this Executive Order" -- referring to the Obama campaign's slogan and Freedom to Work's new "We Can't Wait" campaign. "The President has an opportunity to level the playing field for nearly a quarter of the American workforce today, and to ensure workplace fairness."

Almeida continued, "Today's editorial states that the White House has 'no principled reason for refusing' to sign this Executive Order. The consensus for signing an Executive Order immediately continues to grow and, with each passing day, the White House appears more and more tone-deaf to the progress happening around them. We continue to call on the President to immediately sign his name into history by standing up for workplace fairness via this executive action."

Freedom to Work has been fiercely advocating for an Executive Order that would bar discrimination among federal contractors. Recently, Freedom to Work launched a new campaign -- called "We Can't Wait" -- calling on the President to sign the Executive Order immediately. Joining Freedom to Work in that call have been 72 Democratic Members of Congress, LGBT organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, progressive organizations like the Center for American Progress, and civil rights organizations like the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Council of La Raza.

Freedom to Work is a national organization committed to banning workplace harassment and career discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender Americans through public education, policy analysis, and legal work. For more information on Freedom to Work, please visit; follow on Twitter @FreedomtoWork; or on Facebook at


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