Eric Holder: More Work, ‘Sacrific’ Needed on LGBT Issues

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told a packed auditorium of gay-rights attorneys Tuesday that they should celebrate their recent victories — but get ready for more work and “sacrifice.”

Among the outstanding issues are ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are not discriminated against in the workplace and that people with HIV/AIDS have health care.

Mr. Holder also took a rhetorical swipe at the Boy Scouts of America — now led by former Defense Secretary Robert H. Gates, — which doesn’t permit openly gay adults to be volunteers, leaders or employees.

The continuation of a policy that excludes gay adult leaders “only preserves and perpetuates” the worst of stereotypes, Mr. Holder told the 14th Annual Lambda Legal Reception, held at Carnegie Institution for Science.