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Earlier this afternoon, Governor Sam Brownback signed an executive order cancelling job protections for LGBT employees of the State of Kansas. His order rescinds an executive order issued by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2007, which added sexual orientation and gender identity to discrimination protections based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, military or veteran and disability status.
Discrimination against State of Kansas employees, in every state agency, is now permitted under Brownback’s order.
This action by the Governor is an outrage. Gay, lesbian, and transgender state employees across Kansas have trusted they would be safe from discrimination and harassment in their workplace but Sam Brownback has, by erasing their job protections, declared “open season” on every one of them.
If you work for the state, and have felt comfortable being “out” at work knowing you had protection from bigotry, that protection is gone.
If you work for the state, your measure of job performance is no longer the quality of your work, but rather who you love and go home to at the end of the day.
It is a sad day for Kansas – not just for the LGBT community, but for our friends, our families, and our co-workers whose jobs are now at risk.
Let Governor Brownback know how you feel. Give him a call at Capitol at 877-579-6757 or 785-368-7138. Leave a message for him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/govsambrownback, or on Twitter at @govsambrownback
Finally, your contribution to Equality Kansas will help us continue the fight against discrimination and bigotry. You may contribute any amount on our website, http://eqks.org/main-menu/contribute-to-equality-kansas/
Today brings bad news, but we live to fight another day.
Thomas Witt, Executive Director