‘This is important for the entirecommunity’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
Mayor Vincent Gray has nominated transgender activistsEarline Budd and Alexandra Beninda for seats on the D.C.Commission on Human Rights.If the two are conﬁrmed by the City Council, as expected, theywould become the ﬁrst transgender persons to serve on the15-member commission, which rules on discrimination complaintsbrought under the comprehensive D.C. Human Rights Act.The act bans discrimination in employment, housing, publicaccommodations and other areas based on an individual’s sexualorientation and gender identity and expression as well as othercategories such as race, religion, national origin and ethnicity.“To be getting one transgender person on the commissionwould be great, but to be getting two is fantastic,” said Beninda,a systems analyst for a software company and member andformer treasurer of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, thecity’s largest LGBT political group.“I’m really excited and looking forward to serving,” said Budd,
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House will reverse course onworkplace bias
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
LGBT advocates and lawmakers on CapitolHill continue to press President Obama to issuean executive order barring LGBT workplacediscrimination among federal contractors, despitethe announcement that the directive won’thappen at this time.Though the pressure continues, there are mixedviews about whether a change of course is likely tohappen during Obama’s ﬁrst term.A Senate Democratic aide, who spoke oncondition of anonymity, said “more than oneDemocratic ofﬁce” on Capitol Hill is pushing the
issue the executive order, although the sourcewouldn’t identify which ofﬁces were speaking with
“There are ongoing discussions, and I thinkthere’s going to be senator-level discussions,” theaide said.Asked what the response has been from the
weren’t “too sympathetic to the notion that thepresident should issue the executive order,” butpredicted pressure from Capitol Hill would “growlouder and louder.”The aide said Obama could still issue theexecutive order before the end of this term,saying, “I think there’s more than enough wiggle
Advocates were told on April 11 during a high-
issue such a directive at this time and prefers topursue passage of legislation to address the issue
House publicly in a statement, and disappointment
circulated a letter among colleagues that urgedObama to sign the directive. Gay Rep. JaredPolis (D-Colo.) said he wished the president “was
‘I’m really excited and looking forward toserving,’ said
, who wasnominated by Mayor Gray to serve on theD.C. Commission on Human Rights.
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Advocates still pushingObama for exec order
In ﬁrst, mayor names 2 transwomen to human rights post