Endorse the Equality Act: Fight for Full Federal LGBTQ Rights

Even though the Supreme Court’s ruling has brought marriage equality to all 50 states, 31 states still lack clear, fully-inclusive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, meaning that despite the ruling, LGBTQ Americans can get legally married but still be at risk of being denied services for who they are or risk being fired simply for getting married and wearing their wedding ring to the office the next day.

Discrimination is a real and persistent problem for too many LGBTQ Americans. Nearly two-thirds of self-identified LGBTQ Americans reported experiencing discrimination in their personal lives. 

The problems come up over and over again in the 31 states that don’t have clear, fully-inclusive LGBTQ non-discrimination laws. There’s the teacher who was fired after her principal found out she was planning to have a child with her partner. There’s the lesbian couple asked to leave a park while shooting maternity photos. And the transgender woman shamefully denied housing at a shelter. Despite the incredible progress on issues from marriage to military service, these stories are far too common.

The Equality Act, which was introduced by Senators Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin, and Cory Booker, and Representatives David Cicilline and John Lewis, establishes explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. In addition, it would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places.

Now, our lawmakers needs our help in pushing this long-overdue pro-LGBTQ legislation through Congress and all the way to the President’s desk. Add your name to endorse the Equality Act and join our fight to ensure it becomes law!
To whom it may concern: 

As a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community and an advocate for civil rights, I fully endorse the Congressional effort to pass the Equality Act. I support this legislation because it would make clear that discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal under federal law. It would also guarantee that discrimination on the basis of sex will no longer be tolerated -- granting protections for LGBTQ people in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federally funded programs, credit, education and even jury service. 

I agree with the nearly 250 Congressional cosponsors and the more than 80 major business that believe the patchwork of current protections isn’t enough. They leave millions in our community subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination that impacts their safety and everyday life.

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