Accomplishments on Civil & Human Rights
Scientists researching the potential benefits of medical marijuana can apply to grow their own marijuana after the DEA lifted the ban limiting the number of institutions allowed grow the plant
Transgender Americans able to serve openly in the military after the Department of Defense lifted a ban prohibiting them from serving
All Freedom of Information request responses to be posted online after a successful pilot program was permanately expanded and signed into law
First openly gay Secretary of the Army confirmed unanimously by the Senate
Transgender students in public schools must be allowed to use the bathrooms of their gender identity under new rule by the Obama Administration
Stonewall Inn named the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the United States
First woman on American currency in more than 100 years will be Harriet Tubman after the Treasury Department announced she will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill
Gender neutral restrooms available for White House staff and visitors so individuals can use the bathroom that conforms to their gender identity
General Lori Robinson becomes first woman nominated to lead a combatant command in the United States military
Medical marijuana patients may purchase prescriptions without fear of arrest after DEA prohibited from raiding legal dispensaries
Female soldiers roles expanded to serve in any combat position
Transgender Americans may not be discriminated against by health insurance companies or medical providers
First openly transgender person hired by White House to work as civilian employee
Sexual orientation discrimination against Federal employees ruled illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
Abortion coverage extended to Peace Corps volunteers who became pregnant because of rape, incest, and life endangerment
President Obama signs executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminting against LGBT individuals
Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional by Supreme Court
President Obama becomes first sitting president to publicly support marriage equality
US government international campaign initiated to build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide
US sponsored measure to include “sexual orientation” in the definition of human rights adopted by the UN General Assembly, 122- 0.
$1.5 billion awarded to some 75,000 black farmers who were victims of discrimination in applying for farm loans from 1983 to 1997
$3.4 billion settlement for Native Americans against the US government arising from incorrect accounting for royalties on mineral leases
Federal benefits extended to same sex partners of workers through memorandum by Obama administration
Transgender Americans able to list their gender identity on their passports under rule issued by the State Department
Women are no longer charged higher premiums because of their gender
Discrimination based on gender identity banned in federal workplaces
People with HIV/AIDS no longer prohibited from entering the United States
First-ever reception at the White House honoring Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, Bisexual Pride Month hosted by the President and First lady
Restrictions eased on Cuba travel, money transfers, and cellular telephone/satellite service.
Statute of limitations on filing equal-pay lawsuits eased by setting period to start from the date of the most recent paycheck.
Pay discrimination based on gender, race, color, national origin, age and disability prohibited.
Employers prompted to review, develop and update their criteria on employee compensation to ensure they are applied consistently and uniformly.
Use of torture by CIA and military to interrogate prisoners prohibited.