Despite significant steps forward, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans lack basic legal protections in states across the country. Our nation’s civil rights laws protect people on the basis of race, color, national origin, and in most cases, sex, disability, and religion. But federal law does not provide consistent non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The need for these protections is clear—nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ Americans report having experienced discrimination in their personal lives. Everyone should have a fair chance to earn a living and provide a home for their families without fear of harassment or discrimination.
The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. The LGBTQ+ community deserves to be protected under the law and have their voices heard.