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LGBTQ Leaders On Equality Act Passage

By Charlotte Robinson, February 26, 2021

With the U.S. House of Representatives again passing the Equality Act (H.R.5) in a vote of 224-206 LGBTQ Leaders applaud the importance of its protections for our LGBTQ community, women, people of faith, people of color, immigrants & people with disabilities. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, “The House passage of The Equality Act is a victory for all Americans & for our country’s core values of equal treatment under law. This landmark civil rights law secures those protections for every LGBTQ person, to live without fear of discrimination… It is time to move together to ensure LGBTQ people have the chance to belong, to participate & to succeed in all areas of American life.” Winnie Stachelberg, Center for American Progress added, “The ongoing pandemic has exposed & exacerbated the inequities that LGBTQ Americans have endured for decades. The continued absence of federal protections threatens to forestall economic recovery & delay the rollout of vaccines for millions of LGBTQ Americans who defer or altogether avoid medical care for fear of discrimination. The Senate must send the bill to President Biden’s desk for his signature as soon as possible.” Kierra P. Johnson National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director National LGBTQ Task Force concluded, “We applaud the House vote on the Equality Act & we now look to the Senate & begin in earnest what should be a bipartisan effort to protect LGBTQ people. This is what we know: LGBTQ people in 29 states are not protected by anti-discrimination laws. This patchwork of equality is indefensible - the Equality Act must be passed by the Senate so all LGBTQ Americans will be protected from discrimination.” Recently I talked to Kierra Johnson about The Task Force's upcoming virtual events & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN 

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