“In too many states and in too many workplaces, simply being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender can still be a fireable offense,” Obama said. “So I firmly believe that it’s time to address this injustice for every American.”
Since President Bill Clinton, the federal government has banned discrimination against gays and lesbians in federal employment. Obama’s action Monday expanded that protection to transsexuals.
The two-part order also bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for companies receiving federal contracts.