House to vote on Equality Act this week

The House is scheduled to vote this week on the Equality Act (H.R. 5) to give LGBTQ Americans explicit protection from discrimination in key areas of life: employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, and other federal laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics.

The current patchwork of laws—most states lack non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity—leaves many students and educators vulnerable to discrimination and sends the message LGBTQ Americans are second-class citizens. The Equality Act would help cultivate nurturing and supportive school environments for LGBTQ students while safeguarding LGBTQ educators, often key sources of support and encouragement for LGBTQ students.

Urge your representative to support the Equality Act (H.R. 5).

21 responses to “House to vote on Equality Act this week

  1. I had hoped with our new President and new government that we could really cross party lines and divisions. I hoped we could really care about ALL AMERICANS and create an Equality ACT that would protect all Americans. Our President promised this.
    There are too many problems unaddressed! It will create problems and chaos. Let’s do better!

  2. As a queer-identified teacher and social scientist, the evidence of inequality for and discrimination against LGBTQ folks (and more so for those of color) is overwhelming as well as in my own life. Legislation of this kind is vital to creating protections and a more even playing field. For the incredulous, like Frank, consult the scholarship and LGBTQ folks directly, though it will be challenging for you to find any who are willing to speak with you openly.

    1. Francisca, you and Todd who responded below will always want more and more protection because you see yourselves as poor little victims of society. No laws will ever protect you enough. My suggestion for both of you would be to toughen up. You don’t live in North Korea or Iran where you could never even come out as queer. You live in the greatest country in the world that offers you many protections, and opportunities and yet you want more laws. You are not marginalized and neither are those of color you refer to. No one in this country in the last two generations knows persecution and oppression. Get over yourself and move on.

  3. Justice and Equality for mankind and and Humanity is a Human’ rights because this is under civil rights act division which does help of all races, religions, genders and Ethnic Group in Democracy also in Democratic Country for equality of the people because our country become from so many races and back bone from so many countries under one nation. This law is more important in our country where mixed grouping of people should be pass through congress.

  4. Frank, I had a feeling if I pushed you a little bit more the real you would be revealed. I guess we just have different views on what it means to be an American Patriot. Congrats on the blessings in your life. I’m sure you will have to respond to this and if you do I’m graciously going to give you the last word.

  5. The question one might ask themselves…Why wouldn’t you want this act? Seems like a nice way to ensure a better life for those who are more vulnerable. Why wouldn’t you want that for your fellow Americans?

  6. Give me a break! No one believes that LGBQT Americans are second class citizens. They don’t need the Equality Act to give them extra protection. It is not necessary. They are already treated special in Education and in Corporate America. We already have the Civil Rights Act and Title VII. We don’t need additional protection laws for the LGBQT community. We are going too far with an additional Equality Act. Enough already. Just treat everyone fairly.

    1. You would be shocked how many states do not uphold the laws that exist to end this kind of discrimination. It happens all the time.

      1. Thanks Janene. Maybe you are right. But I haven’t seen the LGBQT community discriminated against in my state. They are treated special in many ways.

          1. Todd, they are treated special by being given all these protection laws. Access to bathrooms of the opposite gender, access to sport locker rooms and teams of the opposite gender, being hired by corporations to show they have diverse policies, etc. We don’t need extra laws to protect the LGBQT community. We already have the Civil Rights Act and Title VII. That’s enough.

            1. Just curious. Why does it bother you? I’m of the mindset that why wouldn’t we want to offer something to a group of people if it improves their quality of life. It doesn’t really threaten me personally, but maybe you have had some personal experiences that are causing you to have these feelings. I’m guessing with names like Frank and Todd we are two white males that have never had to deal with all of this. We should use this born privilege to make the lives better for everyone. If you don’t agree with that, then I’m not sure what else to say.

            2. Unfortunately the Civil Rights Act and Title VII are not enough in my opinion. If the LGBTQ2S+ community truly isn’t discriminated against in your state, that is wonderful and quite frankly amazing. If you have a true sense of the experiences throughout your state (wondering what state it is), that also is great! I wish it were so in my state (Colorado). There are advocacy organizations, but little is done in many of our districts and communities to truly support and ensure safety for LGBTQ2S+ citizens and students.

            3. Todd, now you are going to throw in the white privilege card? There is no such thing! I don’t feel guilty for being white and straight. This bill is overkill. We already have enough laws to protect everyone. I’m tired of gays and minorities being treated special and they keep moaning and crying racism, systemic and institutional racism, white supremacy and implicit bias and gay bias. These are not valid concepts and are just ways in which these groups play on our guilt to push their agenda to get more. My family of immigrants worked hard for everything we have. We were never given anything and succeeded anyway.

    2. It would be wonderful if people just did the right thing. However that’s a dream world. Gay and trans people are dying because of discrimination. We need even more than legislation to protect them from predators.

    3. Frank just because you do not experience something does not mean it does not exist! This is a step in the direction of your statement, Enough already. Just treat everyone fairly!

    4. Just when did you decide all people here in the US are treated fairly, just because it might be the right thing to do? Just curious. Are you a white, middle-age male? In that case, I see where you are coming from.

      1. Susan, you have white guilt and are racist against your race. It is disgraceful to make a comment like that and you should be ashamed to make such a public statement. No matter what race you are. Disgusting. I won’t waste any more time responding to you. You need help.

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