Why The Equality Act is Critical for LGBT People

Simply stated the Equality Act would provide protections to millions of LGBT people – All members of our LGBTQI community and allies should be speaking loudly about this and contacting our representatives, regardless of their level of support, or party affiliation. Let representatives in the House and Senate know just how important this is to us and our well being as full members of American society. We are sick of the discrimination lobbed at us these past centuries and should have the protections we need fully in place, sooner than later. Let’s make sure this legislation passes. That said remember, whether it passes or not, this is an important time to push for it. Even if it fails in the Senate or Trump’s signature, it will stay on the record as a critical campaign tool. So let’s make some noise!

Let’s imagine Congress lit in Rainbow!

It is our time- to light Congress Rainbow!  – We need full equality everywhere – beyond San Francisco City Hall – time for full Federal recognition. Photo: Melanie Nathan

According to new estimates from the Williams Institute, this legislation, if enacted, would protect millions of LGBT people across the country, especially workers, students, and others who live in states without laws against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. Today, bipartisan members of Congress re-introduced the Equality Act, federal legislation that would expressly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, education, public accommodations, housing, credit and other settings. There are an estimated 13 million people ages 13 and older who identify as LGBT in the U.S.

“The Equality Act would make crystal clear that discrimination against LGBT people is prohibited under federal law and would help to remedy the widespread harassment and discrimination that LGBT people experience at work, school, and when trying to get basic services and goods,” said Jocelyn Samuels, Executive Director of the Williams Institute.

The Equality Act would provide federal civil rights protections to all LGBT people in the country but would be especially beneficial to those living in places without state-level protections. According to new analyses by the Williams Institute:

  • There are approximately 8.1 million LGBT workers, ages 16 and older, in the U.S. An estimated 4.1 million of them live in states without statutes prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in employment.
  • There are over 3.5 million LGBT students, ages 15 and older, in the U.S. An estimated 2.1 million of them live in states without statutory protections against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination at school.
  • There are approximately 13 million LGBT people, ages 13 and older, in the U.S. An estimated 6.9 million of them live in states without statutes prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in public accommodations.
  • There are approximately 11 million LGBT adults, ages 18 and older, in the U.S. An estimated 5.6 million of them live in states without statutes prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in housing.
  • An estimated 8 million LGBT adults live in states without statutes prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in credit.
  • LGBT people would also gain protections under the Equality Act from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in jury service and federally funded programs.

Read the full analysis, including national and state-level estimates.

All members of our LGBTQI community and allies should be speaking loudly about this and contacting our representatives, regardless of their level of support, or party affiliation. Let representatives in the House and Senate know just how important this is to us and our well being as full members of American society. We are sick of the discrimination lobbed at us these past centuries and should have the protections we need fully in place, sooner than later. Let’s make sure this legislation passes. That said remember, whether it passes or not, this is an important time to push for it. Even if it fails in the Senate or Trump’s signature, it will stay on the record as a critical campaign tool. So let’s make some noise!

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