The Equality Federation Institute is holding its national conference in Madison, among the discussions is ‘how the Obama administration is handling LGBT issues.’
In an interview with Wisconsin Radio Network, the Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says to advance rights it’s important to have executive and legislative branches doing work, along with involvement of the people. “None of it happens alone,” says Commissioner Chai Feldblum.
Feldblum is one of the highest ranking openly gay Obama appointees and applauds actions the president and some in Congress have taken. These range from the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to changes within federal agencies helping better protect LGBT persons.
The President has faced criticism from some progressives for not supporting full legalization of gay marriage. Feldblum understands the concern.”The closer you get to full equality it almost feels more frustrating that you are not there yet.”
But the 25 year veteran of Washington insists have been “huge strides” on these issues within the past two years.
Other subjects at event include making schools safe for LGBT students and a US Department of Justice Hate Crimes presentation. The five day conference is being hosted by Fair Wisconsin Education Fund.