The Council for Global Equality believes the United States should stand strongly for fairness and equal opportunity, at home and abroad.
Within our country, these principles should be applied to passage of federal legislation extending domestic partnership benefits to all U.S. government employees, including those who serve in our U.S. embassies around the world. We must ensure that LGBT employees of the federal government enjoy equal treatment in the workplace. We also support the passage of fully inclusive employment non-discrimination protections for all Americans, so that no U.S. worker can ever again be fired for being openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. And this must be extended to our armed services. These domestic civil rights goals all have a strong resonance in America's image abroad.
We also want our government to do more to support principles of fairness and equal opportunity in other countries, in keeping with democratic tenets. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs aimed at helping marginalized individuals obtain credit and other resources, so as to engage more fully in a country's economic life, often are targeted at women and ethnic minorities; they also should be advertised to LGBT communities, which due to societal discrimination often include a country's most vulnerable citizens. Embassies also can do much to highlight best practices in ensuring equal opportunity in employment, housing, education and other areas for all citizens, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Programs can also be mounted to strengthen public awareness of how fair-minded policies contribute to strengthening civil society and social justice.