What would an LGBT Discrimination Executive Order Mean

Executive Order Under Consideration by Trump Administration Would Allow Discrimination Against LGBT People

fadaPresident Trump is considering issuing an executive order that provides sweeping protections for employers and service providers that discriminate against LGBT people.  The draft of the executive order circulated on February 1, 2017, would prohibit the federal government from withholding grants, contracts, or federal benefits from entities that discriminate against LGBT employees or beneficiaries based on religious objection—a belief that being LGBT is immoral or inconsistent with religious doctrine.

Such an executive order could potentially impact thousands of same-sex couples seeking to adopt or foster children, tens of thousands of LGBT youth in foster care, and hundreds of thousands of LGBT workers employed by federal contractors and the federal government.

Same-Sex Couples Seeking to Adopt or Foster Children

The draft executive order would allow federally-funded religious organizations providing child welfare services to decline adoption and foster services to same-sex couples.  Williams Institute research shows that many same-sex couples adopt and foster children, and are more likely to do so than different-sex couples.

Same-sex couples are four times more likely to be raising adopted children, and six times more likely to be raising foster children, than different-sex couples in the U.S. An estimated 22,000 adopted children are being raised by 16,000 same-sex couples, and an estimated 3,400 children are being fostered by same-sex couples.

The draft executive order could limit opportunities for family formation among same-sex couples, and leave many children without a foster placement or permanent home.

LGBT Youth in Foster Care

The draft executive order would allow religious organizations providing child welfare services to decline to serve LGBT youth.  Williams Institute research finds that LGBT youth are greatly over-represented in the foster system. For example, in Los Angeles, LGBT youth make up 20 percent of the youth population in care, compared to only 8 percent of the general youth population.

LGBT Federal Employees and LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors

The draft order would open the door for harassment and discrimination against LGBT people who work for the federal government.  An estimated 64,000 LGBT people are federal civil service employees.

Federal Contractors employ over 20 percent of the U.S. workforce – 28 million people.  Under an executive order issued by former President Obama in 2014, federal contractors are prohibited from discriminating against their employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  President Trump’s draft order would limit the scope of the 2014 order, allowing contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees based on their religious beliefs without losing their contracts.

The draft order would potentially strip an important source of legal protections for many LGBT workers of federal contractors, including workers who are not otherwise protected from discrimination under state non-discrimination laws or corporate policies.

The Williams Institute estimated that as a result of the 2014 executive order, 11 million workers, including 400,000 LGBT employees, gained protections from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.  These 11 million employees did not have protections from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination under a corporate policy or state law before the 2014 order was issued.

Services Provided to Same-Sex Couples and Access to Health Care

The draft order would open the door for denial of services and discrimination against same-sex couples, including over 500,000 married same-sex couples in the United States.  The draft order would also limit federal regulations that protect LGBT people from discrimination in health care, including in services provided by hospitals, insurers, and other entities.  There are over 10 million LGBT adults in the United States.   In particular, 1.4 million transgender adults would be vulnerable to discrimination in health care and denial of services under the draft order.

Last Night #WeAreOrlando in New York City at The Stonewall Inn

“Simply put, thank you. Thank you to the thousands of New Yorkers who came out to pay respects to the 49 LGBTQ people we lost to a horrific hate crime in Orlando. Thank you to our community for coming up to speak out against this crime: Jennifer Louise Lopez from Everything Transgender in NYC, Mirna Haidar from Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Shelby Chestnut from the New York City Anti-Violence Project, New York City Council Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and Tituss Burgess. Thank you to our allies: New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Nick Jonas for speaking up. Thank you to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo for stepping up and taking such swift action in 24 hours to put everything we needed together to have such an incredible vigil.

Thank you to the 30+ LGBTQ New Yorkers who had the courage to come up, one by one, and ‪#‎SayTheirNames‬ amongst the thousands of us who didn’t stop holding up our lights in honor and respect for those who have fallen at the hands of such terrible violence.

This isn’t the beginning or the end but the continuation of what was started on that very street in 1969. And as we said last night, we can’t wait to work with all of you to make sure we are 100% fully equally in the eyes of the law in our country in every. single. state.”  Eunic Ortiz, President, Stonewall Democrats

 

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34.
Stanley Almodovar III, 23.
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20.
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22.
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36.
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22.
Luis S. Vielma, 22.
Kimberly Morris, 37.
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30.
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29.
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32.
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21.
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25.
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35.
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50.
Amanda Alvear, 25.
Martin Benitez Torres, 33.
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37.
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26.
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35.
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25.
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31.
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26.
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25.
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30.
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40.
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32.
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19.
Cory James Connell, 21.
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37.
Luis Daniel Conde, 39.
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33.
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25.
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31.
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25.
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25.
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24.
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27.
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33.
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49.
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24.
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32.
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28.
Frank Hernandez, 27.
Paul Terrell Henry, 41.
Antonio Davon Brown, 29.
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24.
You will not be forgotten.

“Tonight I read the name of a person who like me is 26…who had their whole life headed of them. However that moment of my voice and their name echoing down Christopher St. I may hear that the rest of my life.I’d like to know who Mercedez Marisol Flores was before the night at Pulse” Bryan Ellicott

Mercedez Marisol Flores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Governor Announces Steps To Ban LGBT Conversion Therapy

Saturday, an announcement from the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo a new executive order that is aimed at banning the dangerous practice of so-called conversion therapy, which seeks to change people’s gender identity and sexual orientation specifically at our most vulnerable populations our youth.

The measures announced by Cuomo includes bans on public and private health care insurers from providing reimbursement for conversion therapy for people under the age of 18. It would also include no mental health facility licensed, funded, or operated by the state will be allowed to provide such therapy to minors.

“Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice that is counter to everything this state stands for,”  Cuomo mentioned in a statement. “We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are.”

The White House stated in April that it supported a federal ban on conversion therapy.

Press Conference & Rally on Data Collection in NYC

Feb. 9th at 2pm at The Steps of City Hall, will be a press conference on three pieces of legislation regarding data collection. If you are available we’d love to see as many people from all walks of life and identities from across the city.

Three bills are sitting in the council on data collection. The hearing on the bills was done also together last spring (5/11/15). I was one of the advocates that testified at the request of CM Dromm for the Intro 552 (LGBTQ data collection) many of the suggestion I made were then added later on after my testimony. As I mentioned at the meeting I (Bryan John Ellicott) am co-facilitating this press conference with Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza from Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

These are the bills will are discussing and asking for the New York City Council to pass quickly so them may be moved to the Mayor for signing and put into effort as soon as possible.

Intro 251 (Asian Pacific American)
 
Intro 551 (Mixed Race)

 

Intro 552 (Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation)

City Council Press Conference on Comprehensive Sex Education

Talking Points- Comprehensive Sex Education

October 27th 2015 at 10am

My name is Bryan Ellicott. I am a transgender/ bisexual identified man and LGBTQ advocate/activist born and raised in Staten Island & attended all NYC public schools K-12.

I am here to speak in support of comprehensive sex education in our schools and why it NEEDS too be inclusive of topics of Gender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression. 50% of all New York public high school students have mentioned they have had sexual intercourse according to the ACLU…this statistic doesn’t say whether the students identified as homosexual or heterosexual.

Almost 75% of NYC public schools report not learning about LGBTQ its 2015…where we have marriage equality across this country, were our Governor gave an executive order to The Department of Human Rights to include Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people under the Human Rights Law. Celebrities and Icons come out almost every other week

Its time to discuss Sex Education in an affirming way that includes all identities that our children may identify with and continue to review and expand as does our vocabulary for expressing our selves and our potential partners.

These are things that I didn’t learn when I was in school whether it be middle school or high school, that I feel, my teachers should have given me would have benefited the feelings I had about my own gender identity and expression as well as my sexual orientation.

Many people in the LGBTQ community know how they are at a young age. I knew that I was transgender in middle school but didn’t have the words to describe how I felt (I was in fact looking for the word Transgender or Female to Male).I knew I was attracted to both men and women (Bisexual) in elementary school/middle school the word existed but the teachers didn’t know what to do with that knowledge.

Sex Education to youth when they identify with the gender they were assigned at birth and are attracted to the opposite gender is hard.That’s because you’re a kid and everything is a joke and not taken seriously, they are kids it is to be expected.

However sex education when it comes too youth who may identify or be curious if they are LGBTQ is even more difficult. (Not because they aren’t interested or curious) but because they are looking for the words to use.

We need to empower them and give them the tools to figure things out…if we don’t give them the tools we have already set them up to be in situations that can be avoided.

It’s not until you step foot into a LGBT service provider or youth drop in center that you are taught about safe sex and real discussions. I had sex way before I was properly educated on the subject

  • HIV/AIDS
  • STI’s/STD’s
  • Consent and Healthy Relationships
  • Reproductive Health

These are the things I wish I knew about, and that I had an adult that I could talk to at school that may have had the words that I was looking for. My journey may have been a little different and my transition would have started a little sooner.

I want our New York City school children to be more knowledgeable and the ability to make better choices an than I was, more able to possibly live in their own skin more comfortably

Feel included in the classroom…that the most important part to not live a student wondering where do I fit in this conversation. I want our youth to have trusted and trained adults who feel comfortable talking about.

bryan elllicot- sex ed presser

These are just some of the reasons why I am supporting the need for comprehensive sex education in our schools and why it NEEDS too be inclusive of topics including Gender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression.

Comprehensive Sex Education in NYC Schools

Thank you Council Member Laurie Cumbo for inviting me to speak at this press conference tomorrow at 10am

On the need for Comprehensive Sex Education in our Department of Education schools K-12, and why it NEEDS too be inclusive of topics of Gender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression in an age/ grade appropriate way.‪#‎SEXEDNYC‬ ‪#‎LGBT‬
Sex ed facebook post