On February 25th, the Equality Act passed out of the House by a vote of 224 – 206, with bipartisan support! Thank you to the Congressmembers who voted in support of federal nondiscrimination protections. Senator Jeff Merkley and 48 cosponsors introduced the Senate companion bill, S. 393, on February 23rd. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on March 17th on the Equality Act. Please act now by contacting your Senator and urging them to vote for the Equality Act!
Today, discrimination remains commonplace for LGBTQ people. Passing the Equality Act would protect LGBTQ people in their everyday lives, by ensuring fair access to housing, banking, health care, work, voting, jury service, places of public accommodations, and more.
For decades, our national government has wrongly denied full and lasting federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Patchwork protections leave LGBTQ people, our families, and our children highly vulnerable, especially when we are Black or brown, Transgender or gender non-binary, living with multiple marginalized identities, with disabilities, in poverty, as immigrants, and in so many other situations.
Your voice is needed to change our nation’s laws and make history! It’s been 52 years since the Stonewall Rebellion and 46 years since the first version of the bill was introduced. Tell your Senator: “I need explicit federal nondiscrimination laws that will protect all of me, all the time. Vote for the Equality Act.