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Department of Commerce Outrages LGBT Community

The Trump Administration’s Department of Commerce recently removed gender identity and sexual orientation from the list of categories explicitly protected from discrimination.  

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said that although the exclusion of those categories does not affect LGBT employees at the Department, “it makes the employees feel unwelcome.”  

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states that the Civil Service Reform Act protects LGBT federal workers from discrimination based on conduct that does not affect their professional performance, like gender identity or sexual orientation.

“Cutting specific mention of sexual orientation and gender identity protections is a slap in the face to LGBTQ federal employees who proudly serve at the Department of Commerce and sadly signals that this administration does not value them,” said David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign.