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Recognizing the Unique Challenges of Transgender Women of Color

Thu, 2015-04-09 14:40

During Women’s History Month, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Council on Women and Girls have honored the achievements of women across the country and throughout history, while continuing the conversations about the challenges women across the nation still face. On March 31 -- National Transgender Day of Visibility -- I had the honor of speaking with leaders of the transgender women of color community during the White House’s first-ever discussion solely focused on the challenges this community faces.

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#LeadOnLeave Notes from the Road: Los Angeles

Thu, 2015-04-09 13:36

Last Friday, I was in Los Angeles, CA and took part in the second leg of the nationwide “Lead on Leave: Empowering Working Families Across America” tour. On this tour, Obama Administration officials are fanning out across the country to talk with everyday Americans about why we need to catch up with the rest of the developed world and implement sensible paid leave and paid sick days policies -- why we need to #LeadOnLeave. (Check out Secretary Perez’s stop in Seattle here.)

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WhiteHouse.gov Is Evolving With You in Mind

Thu, 2015-04-09 12:35

Last night, we released the first-ever responsive White House homepage. Here's what that means: The WhiteHouse.gov landing page now displays content in a consistent way, no matter which device you're using — desktop, laptop, mobile phone, or tablet. This also means that we're helping you find the most relevant content as quickly as possible.

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Announcing a Week of Making this June 12-18

Thu, 2015-04-09 12:15

President Obama chats with Sandra Richter, while sitting on the solar-powered bench she designed that charges mobile phones.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Hiring Process

Thu, 2015-04-09 00:00

The goal of every small business owner is growth, but with growth comes more responsibilities and more work. You may already juggle being the boss, accountant, office manager, maybe even janitor,...

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Petition Response: On Conversion Therapy

Wed, 2015-04-08 20:42

Ed. note: Tonight, Valerie Jarrett issued the following response to a We the People petition in support of banning the practice of conversion therapy. You can read it below, or see the response here. 

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Valerie Jarrett: Protecting LGBT Workers Means Protecting All Workers

Wed, 2015-04-08 19:24

Ed. note: The following op-ed appeared in The Advocate. You can read Valerie Jarrett's piece in its entirety here. 

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America's Doctor is Taking Your Questions: #AskTheSurgeonGeneral

Wed, 2015-04-08 17:44

Yesterday, as part of Public Health Week, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy joined President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for a roundtable discussion with faculty at Howard University Medical School about what the Administration is doing to address climate change. He talked about the impact of climate change on public health and how prevention is the key to public health.

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Another Step Toward Equality for LGBT Workers

Wed, 2015-04-08 10:57

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog here.
We're also holding a special Tumblr Q&A on Friday about the steps the President has taken to expand opportunity for the LGBT community. Ask your questions on the White House Tumblr, and officials from across the Administration will answer some of them throughout the day on Friday.

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We the Geeks: Journey to Pluto

Wed, 2015-04-08 10:00

In the farthest reaches of our solar system, nearly 3 billion miles away, lies the small, icy body that has inspired wonder for generations of astronomers since its discovery 85 years ago. Pluto, a dwarf planet, is so far away that it takes nearly 250 years to orbit the Sun. This summer, we will come to know Pluto in infinitely more detail than ever before. 

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