Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Equality Act Returns To Congress

Congressman David Cicilline & Senators Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin & Corey Booker have reintroduced the Equality Act in the U.S. House & Senate. The Equality Act would finally provide consistent & explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces & services, federally funded programs & jury service. Stacey Long Simmons, advocacy & action Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund stated, “As a Christian, Black, Bisexual woman, if one of my identities is not protected under the law, then none of them are. The Equality Act will cover & expand protections for LGBTQ people & women, ensuring that no part of one’s identity can be used to discriminate against them in housing, credit, education, employment, publicly-funded programs like child welfare agencies, expanded public accommodations to include retail, taxis & more. The Civil Rights Act must protect all Black people – including LGBTQ people & women.” Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund concluded, “LGBTQ people continue to face discrimination without explicit federal protections that cover all of who we are, all the time. We have seen an increase in discriminatory actions & hate violence against so many communities in the age of Trump, particularly religious minorities, people of color, immigrants & LGBTQ people, making it all the more urgent to strengthen protections in existing civil & human rights laws. The country is ready for Congress to strengthen existing federal protections & we are grateful to our Congressional champions for reintroducing this comprehensive measure. Now it's time for lawmakers, progressive groups & grassroots advocates to move swiftly to advance the Equality Act.” (Graphic by Richard Emmanuel)
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