During a reception for Pride Month, President Barack Obama announced today that the White House is currently preparing an executive order that bans job discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. Unfortunately it only affects employees who are hired by federal contractors, but this is certainly a radical first step that might positively affect a lot of marginalized people. Read more at Politico.
UPDATE: As some commenters pointed out, I was wrong. Yesterday’s meeting (not today’s as I accidentally put, because while writing the post I legitimately forgot what day it was) is not a “first step” as I called it. The Federal Government ruled similarly on discriminatory policies back in 2012, and Obama has released other executive orders about gender identity. My mind was not on the task at hand as I was working on this brief, and I apologize.