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HR 101: Let’s discuss the history of LGBTQ+ rights at work

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Welcome to HR 101. Class is now in session. Today’s discussion will focus on the history of LGBTQ+ rights in the workplace.

The history. During the Cold War, government employees being gay was considered by the US Senate to be a threat to national security (insert eyeroll here) due to their alleged susceptibility to be blackmailed by enemies at risk of having their sexuality revealed. As such, President Eisenhower signed executive order 10450 in 1953, prohibiting members of the LGBTQ+ community from federal government and military employment. (It was eventually repealed by President Obama in 2017.)

Following the passage of the Civil

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