February 25, 2008 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is calling on Congress to end the ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual soldiers in the U.S. military. While there are no federal laws protecting LGBT people from workplace discrimination yet, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy makes the military the only employer in the United States that is actually required by law to fire an employee who is open and honest about their sexual orientation.
In an open letter to all members of Congress and sent to speaker Pelosi today, Out & Equal's Executive Director, Selisse Berry, wrote, "We believe that in these times of international crisis (and at all times), the military has a duty to recruit and retain the most qualified people, foster genuine teamwork, and set an example that ALL American citizens matter. We believe that Congress has a moral obligation to repeal policies that have prevented the military from achieving these goals."
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is planning a lobby day at the Capitol on March 6-7, 2008. Out & Equal encourages members of the business community to share stories of how LGBT workplace diversity has positively impacted teamwork and office morale with their elected representatives.
Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. Out & Equal champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The organization advocates building and strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers and communities. For more information, visit www.outandequal.org.
Jere Keys, (415) 694-5612