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On Monday, President Obama announced that his administration will be working vigorously on an executive order to protect federal employees from workplace discrimination based on their gender identity.

The announcement is a step in the right direction in the push for equal rights in the LGBT community. This new executive order would expand the protections already outlined for federal employees, which include gay and lesbian workers, and will soon include transgender employees. The expansion of these protections would forbid the federal government from firing or refusing employment to transgender individuals based on their gender identity.

This is the second executive order announced this month that would protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination. Earlier this month, the White House issued an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.

Currently, the federal law does not protect all LGBT employees from discrimination in the workplace, but this new expansion would be working towards fixing just that.

SOURCE: Vox.com | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty 

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