With the landmark Supreme Court decision on June 15, 2020, LGBTQ workers are protected from employment discrimination in all 50 states in the country. This is a huge win, and our work is far from over.
In 29 states, our LGBTQ siblings are still at risk of being refused housing or denied services for living their truth and being who they are. The Equality Act will protect the rights of LGBTQ people throughout the United States, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system. While there are already federal laws protecting people from discrimination in these areas based on race, religion, sex, and disability, there are no such federal laws explicitly protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Although the majority of Americans support these protections for the LGBTQ community, federal law lags behind public opinion; we still lack federal protections from discrimination.
The U.S House of Representatives passed the Equality Act on May 17th, 2019, but it still awaits approval by the Senate. This is our chance to further advance LGBT rights and social acceptance. Supporting this act means standing with the LGBTQ community in equal rights for all.
To learn how you can make history and help fight discrimination, sign on as a supporter of the Equality Act.