Thursday, December 10, 2015

LGBT Advocates Continue Push for Equality Act


For LGBTs and their advocates, the Equality Act is a much needed bill waiting to be passed to ensure that each and every individual who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender can get full, equal protection under law. Thus, the push for the promulgation of the Equality Act continues.

The rationale for the Equality Act is clear, as this report by the U.S. News in August, says: Today in America, in 31 states, LGBT Americans live without fully-inclusive non-discrimination laws in vital areas of daily life, such as employment, housing and the public marketplace. In a majority of American states LGBT Americans do not have the freedom of full equality. And because there is no explicit, uniform federal law protecting LGBT people from these types of discrimination, too many Americans are at the mercy of an inadequate patchwork of state and local laws. - Read more at

Though LGBT people have found some protections through interpretations of existing law, as U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum explained [...], there is still a need for “an explicit federal law that would give LGBT people and employers across the country absolute certainty that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity will be prohibited. That is what adding sexual orientation and gender identity to federal non-discrimination laws would do and that would be a very important thing to achieve.” - Read more at:

The Equality Act establishes explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. In addition, it would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places. The bill has garnered a record number of cosponsors -- 170 in the House and 39 in the Senate. -
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Meanwhile, there is a move to declare June 26 as LGBT Equality Day. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, supported by 93 Democratic colleagues, has introduced a resolution to recognise June 26 as LGBT Equality day in the United States. Suzan said in statement: “In the last two decades, our nation has seen the Defense of Marriage Act overturned, an end to the criminalization of same-sex conduct and now nationwide marriage equality — all through Supreme Court decisions handed down on June 26.[...] . My resolution designates the 26th of June as ‘LGBT Equality Day’ not only to celebrate how far we’ve come, but also to acknowledge how much work remains to be done.” - Read more at:

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