Despite recent wins in the fight for marriage equality, the LGTBQ+ community still faces unprecedented and unjust discrimination. Thirty states don’t have any laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and we’ve seen a wave of state legislatures try to pass despicables bills that ban transgender kids from participating in sports or receiving gender-affirming health care.
As the proud parent of an LGBTQ+ person, Chuck Schumer believes it’s long past time for the federal government to ban discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community once and for all.
The Equality Act
Under federal law, no one can be discriminated against based on their race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion. However, there is still no federal law to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Equality Act changes that. It would explicitly make sexual orientation and gender identity protected characteristics and prevent discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in areas like employment, housing and federal programs.