The issuance of guidance from the Department of Justice that concluded that the prohibition against sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of encompasses claims of discrimination on the basis of gender identity, including transgender status. God's in the mix. SSA continues to work closely with the LGBT advocacy community to conduct outreach to ensure that same-sex couples are aware of how same-sex marriage affects benefits. From major legislative achievements to historic court victories to important policy changes, the President has fought to promote the equal rights of all Americans — no matter who they are or who they love. Department of Health and Human Services HHS collaborated with five other federal departments to establish a federal task force on bullying. Hate Crimes Act The hate crime law, which Congress had first introduced in , gives the Justice Department jurisdiction over crimes of violence in which a perpetrator has selected a victim because of sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as many other characteristics. Once the residence of noted gay rights activist Henry Gerber, the home was where the nation's first chartered LGBT rights organization, the Society for Human Rights, was formed in The Office of Personnel Management OPM also expanded federal benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees and allowed same-sex domestic partners to apply for long-term care insurance. In , he said: President, are you still opposed to same-sex marriage? When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet, feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is gone, because they're not able to commit themselves in a marriage. This week, the president said he thinks same-sex couples should be able to get married. He cited Robert Kennedy when he said that small actions can be like a pebble thrown into a still lake. Though gay rights activists were frustrated by the president's unwillingness to fully endorse same-sex marriage, they hailed his commitment to ending discrimination, including his successful push to get Congress to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay service members in the military. Agencies, including OPM, the State Department, SSA, and HHS, took various actions to ensure that transgender Americans were treated fairly and without discrimination in the workplace, in official documents, and in the health care system. The story must be told. He had written that he believed "that American society can choose to carve out a special place for the union of a man and a woman.