Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Mike Honda (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan resolution that would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity within the House of Representatives. Currently, no federal law explicitly prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
If passed, Representatives Honda and Ros-Lehtinen’s resolution will ensure that the hiring practices of all House of Representatives offices reflect our country’s promise of equality for all. Honda and Ros-Lehtinen both have strong personal ties to the LGBT community. Earlier this year, Honda opened up about his support for his transgender granddaughter and late last year, Ros-Lehtinen did an interview with her transgender son.
While this resolution is an important step forward, Americans in the majority of U.S. states lack explicit non-discrimination protections. That is why HRC is working every day towards the passage of The Equality Act, a comprehensive bill that would prohibit LGBT discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces and services, federal funding, education, credit and jury selection. Add your voice to the fight for LGBT equality and urge your members of Congress to support comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT people today.
According to recent polling from Democracy Corps, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and HRC, 78 percent of voters support protecting LGBT people from discrimination in employment.
HRC hopes Congress will listen to the will of the American people and pass not only Representatives Honda and Ros-Lehtinen’s resolution, but also The Equality Act in order to ensure LGBT people can seek employment equally and work free from discrimination.