Discrimination is wrong. But in 30 states, LGBTQ people are at risk of being fired, refused housing or denied services simply because of who we are. We need the Equality Act NOW. Help us make history.
The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.
The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights law — including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Jury Selection and Services Act, and several laws regarding employment with the federal government — to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. The legislation also amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination in public spaces and services and federally funded programs on the basis of sex.
Additionally, the Equality Act would update the public spaces and services covered in current
law to include retail stores, services such as banks and legal services, and transportation services. These
important updates would strengthen existing protections for everyone.
Decades of civil rights history show that civil rights laws are effective in decreasing discrimination because they provide strong federal remedies targeted to specific vulnerable groups. By explicitly including sexual orientation and gender identity in these fundamental laws, LGBTQ people will finally be afforded the exact same protections as other covered characteristics under federal law.
The nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)
found that nationally, support for a bill like the Equality Act
topped 70 percent, which includes a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
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