US workplace discrimination law faces Senate

The United States House of Representatives is expected to vote in favour of the new legislation, which would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or promote a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

This is the first time since 1994 that legislation that protects LGB people at work has been brought to the House, and for the first time trans people are to be protected as well.

The was introduced by Rep. Frank, the only other openly gay member of Congress, his fellow Democrat Tammy Baldwin, and two Republicans.

Senator Edward Kennedy, a Democrat who is sponsoring the bill in the Senate, said:

“It’s always harder to pass bills in the Senate than in the House, but until we pass this bill, there will be a gaping hole in federal civil rights legislation.”

Currently 17 states have protections for LGB people; eight of those states extend that protection to trans people.