President Obama’s time in office is almost over. With only 100 days left in office the President has been called to act on behalf of LGBT owned business.

A new initiative is being led by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), calling for the President to sign a “memorandum or executive order to bar discrimination in federal contracting against business owners based on their LGBT status and to set goals affirmatively to include LGBT-owned businesses in federal procurement.”  The President has remained committed in the fight for LGBT rights throughout his presidency, but LGBT activists want action. With President Obama’s limited amount of time to issue policies “for contracting with the federal government”, many LGBT advocates are contacting individual agencies directly to secure protection commitments.  

Sam McClure, Senior Vice President of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), said “taking this administration action would complete “unfinished work of LGBT equality, work on which this Administration has made historic strides.”  Advocates point out that they are only asking for the same provisions granted to women, ethnic monitory, and disabled veteran owned businesses. Jonathan Lovitz, Senior Vice President of NGLCC, believes that the government cannot allow LGBT businesses to be discriminated against in federal contracting and politics.

-Ray Hayes

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