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LGBTQ Leaders On Equality Act Reboot

By Charlotte Robinson, February 19, 2021

The Equality Act (H.R. 5) has been reintroduced by Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) & Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR). This national legislation will finally establish a minimum standard of civil rights protections for our LGBTQ community, people of faith, people of color, women & people with disabilities. Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates stated, “It is time for Congress to act. Every day that passes without the Equality Act means our nation’s laws are woefully lagging behind our basic ideals of equality & fairness. LGBTQ Americans are vulnerable to discrimination & having their protections hang in the balance across virtually every sphere of daily life. Nobody should have to live in fear of discrimination because of who we are or who we love.” Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National added, “For LGBTQ+ people around the country, navigating life means navigating a patchwork of legal protections that can determine whether you can access basic rights where you live or visit. The Equality Act would change that. That is why we are calling on Members of the House of Representatives & Senators to pass the Equality Act…President Biden has affirmed his support of the Equality Act & remains ready to sign. PFLAG calls on Congress to pass the Equality Act now.” Kierra Johnson National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director concluded, “It is not widely known that only 21 states & 330 cities have passed LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, which leaves half of LGBTQ people living in the other 29 states without comprehensive statewide laws. It is time for our Federal government, now with the support of the Biden-Harris administration to pass the Equality Act & have it signed into law.”  For More Info: thetaskforce.org

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