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NY LGBT Network Blasts U.S. Attorney General Decision Against Protecting Transgender Workers From Discrimination Under 1964 Civil Rights Law

WASHINGTON - The New York LGBT Network today blasted U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions for reversing a federal government policy that said transgender workers were protected from discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 civil rights law.

"This despicable action of reversing protections for transgender people in the workplace is just another example of attempts by the Trump administration to deny tens of thousands of Americans equal rights. While scores of Americans are dying from natural disasters and gun violence, the Trump Administration instead of helping our nation come together is continuing to try and tear it apart. Throughout the campaign and in his 9 months in office, Trump has attacked immigrants, people of color, women and LGBT people; his un-American methods to conquer and divide rather than unite is a grave danger to our country and the values we stand for," said Dr. David Kilmnick, President and CEO of the New York LGBT Network. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms the decision by the attorney general, which fails to live up to the law and the standards of the American people and the American judicial system."

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“The action by Sessions comes only a few weeks after the disgraceful decision by President Trump to bar transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, where many are already in uniform overseas defending American democracy," Kilmnick said.

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The LGBT Network is an association of non-profit organizations working to serve the LGBT community of Long Island and Queens throughout the lifespan: Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center), Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI), and the Queens LGBT Community Center (Q Center).

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