Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs Signs Executive Order Providing Employment Protections to State Employees and Contractors who are LGBTQ+

by Elizabeth Bibi

On her first day as governor, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed an executive order yesterday providing employment protections to state employees and contractors who are LGBTQ+.

The executive order directs the Arizona Department of Administration to update hiring, promotion, and compensation policies for all state agencies to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and include provisions in all new state contracts to prohibit discrimination on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Human Rights Campaign Arizona State Director Bridget Sharpe issued the following statement in reaction to yesterday’s executive order:

“The Human Rights Campaign was proud to work alongside countless other LGBTQ+ organizations and allies to help Katie Hobbs become Arizona’s governor. She ran on the promise that she would immediately act to stop the attacks on Arizona’s LGBTQ+ individuals and families and use the full extent of her power to protect our community. On her first day in office, she took an important step towards fulfilling that commitment by signing an Executive Order providing non-discrimination for LGBTQ+ state employees and state contractors. This is what it looks like to have a champion for equality in office. We can’t wait to work with the Hobbs administration to move our state forward.”

Bridget Sharpe, Arizona State Director, HRC

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