Giving Compass' Take:

• Alan Greenblatt reports that LGBT state workers are gaining right in red and purple states including Kansas, Michigan, and Ohio.

• How can funders work to expand protections for LGBT individuals? 

• Learn about the health insurance and employment status of LGBT Americans


Laura Kelly made protection of LGBT rights one of her first orders of business as governor of Kansas. The day after she took office this month, Kelly signed an executive order protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who work for or contract with the state from discrimination.

“As I have said numerous times before, discrimination of anyone has no place in Kansas and will not be tolerated in this administration,” Kelly said in her inaugural address.

A few days earlier, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers also used his first executive order to protect LGBT state employees. And the newly elected governors of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, and Ohio, Mike DeWine, signed LGBT protections that renewed or expanded orders that had been issued by their outgoing predecessors.

Kelly, Evers and Whitmer are Democrats, while DeWine is a Republican.

"LGBTQ issues are becoming much less partisan," says Elliot Imse, communications director for the Victory Fund, which supports LGBT candidates. "If you look at the four states where governors recently signed these orders, these are not hyperliberal states. They are red and purple states."

Read the full article about rights for LGBT state workers by Alan Greenblatt at Governing Magazine.