Kathleen Sebelius: We must focus our efforts to secure equality in labor protection

“Those who oppose equality for LGBT people will take every opportunity to disrupt even long-settled law and policy in a political culture defined by backlash.

That’s why, even though the LGBT movement won the marriage equality fight, this is no time for complacency. There is more work to be done, and we can start by focusing our efforts to secure equality in labor protection – both nationally and in the 31 states where it is still legal to fire people for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

It won’t be an easy fight, and it might involve some repetition. This past February, Kansas governor Sam Brownback unilaterally rescinded the executive order I passed as governor there in 2007 protecting state workers from discrimination-based on gender identity and sexual orientation. In March, the hubbub around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act stalled similar laws in Texas and Georgia, but you can bet they’ll be back.”

Read more from the newest member of Out Leadership’s Global Advisory Board, Kathleen Sebelius, writing in the Guardian.