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WashingtonBlade.com Volume 43, Number 17, April 27, 2012

WashingtonBlade.com Volume 43, Number 17, April 27, 2012

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EEOC says job biasbased on genderidentity amountsto discrimination
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
In a historic ruling, the U.S.Equal Employment OpportunityCommission has determined that jobbias against employees on the basisof gender identity amounts to sexdiscrimination under existing law.The determination came about aspart of the resolution of a case filed bythe Transgender Law Center on behalf of Mia Macy, a transgender woman whoallegedly was denied a job as a ballisticstechnician at the federal Bureauof Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms andExplosives’s laboratory in Walnut Creek,Calif., after she announced she wastransitioning from male to female. Thedecision, made unanimously by thecommission on a 5-0 vote, was madepublic Monday evening.“[W]e conclude that intentionaldiscrimination against a transgenderindividual because the personis transgender is, by definition,discrimination ‘based on ... sex,’ andsuch discrimination therefore violatesTitle VII,” the decision states.EEOC is the federal agency thatinterprets and enforces federal non-discrimination laws. Its decisionon transgender workers applies toboth public and private employersthroughout the United States,
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OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
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hires gay adviser butcan’t outrun hostileprimary rhetoric
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
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presidential primaries on Tuesday as news
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his campaign next week.With Romney poised to wrap up theRepublican nomination — and ready topivot to the general election contest — hiscampaign announced the appointment of a
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security and foreign policy spokesman.The developments this weekraise questions about whether the LogCabin Republicans will endorse Romneyfor president, despite his promise topursue a federal amendment banningsame-sex marriage, among other anti-gay positions he’s articulated during theprimary season.The debate over whether to endorseRomney could prove thorny for Log Cabin.On one hand, the organization is likely to feelpressure from its Republican base to throw itssupport behind the party’s standard-bearer inthe general election. On the other, Romneyhas backed anti-gay positions during theprimary season, including support for a U.S.constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage throughout the country and a
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Act in court.
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MITT ROMNEY 
 
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a federal marriage amendment is likely to create a dilemma for gay Republicans.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY 
HateCrime?
Marine faces murdercharge after stabbingfellow Marine andusing anti-gay slur.
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Pointingthe Way
Point Foundation
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next week to benefit
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MITT ROMNEY
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Historic rulingon trans rightsWill Log Cabin endorse Romney?
 
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