A generation defining bill that would finally give equal protections to the LGBTQ+ community
September 7, 2020
The Equality Act was passed by the House of Representatives in May 2019, marking an important win for the LGBTQ community. While federal laws already exist protecting people from discrimination based on race, religion, sex, and disability, the Equality Act proposes adding protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Equality Act now faces a major challenge in the Republican-dominated Senate. Read on for 5 quick facts about the Equality Act, plus quick actions you can take to support the passing of this historic bill.
The Equality Act would amend existing anti-discrimination laws in order to include the protection of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act are among the civil rights laws that would be expanded.
Half of American adults say our society has “not gone far enough in accepting people who are transgender,” according to a KFF study.
49% of U.S. adults believe more can be done to protect the transgender community.
21 states have laws fully protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
27 states have no LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections at all.
Nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ Americans report having experienced discrimination in their personal lives.
The Equality Act aims to protect this marginilaized community.
The Supreme Court ruled that existing federal employment discrimination law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
This year has seen monumental gains in the fight for LGBTQ equality but there is still so far to go. Find out how you can support the passing of the Equality Act below.