The LGBT Equality Act
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Americans lack basic legal protections in states across the country. The patchwork nature of current laws leaves millions of people subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination that impacts their safety, their families, and their day-to-day lives, especially in states like TX, FL, PA, GA, LA, etc.
In 30 states, LGBTQ people are at risk of being fired, refused housing or denied services simply because of who we are.
Our nation’s civil rights laws protect people on the basis of race, color, national origin, and in most cases, sex, disability, and religion. But federal law does not provide consistent non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ Americans report having experienced discrimination in their personal lives.
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 laws to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. It 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.
Every person should be judged on their merits, not their sexual orientation or gender identity. Everyone deserves a fair chance to earn a living, provide for their family and live free from the fear of harassment or discrimination.