What is the Equality Act?
Even after a marriage victory at the Supreme Court, in most states in this country, a couple who gets married at 10 a.m. remains at risk of being fired from their jobs by noon and evicted from their home by 2 p.m. simply for posting their wedding photos on Facebook. No one should be fired, evicted from their home, or denied services because of who they are or whom they love. All LGBT Americans deserve a fair chance to earn a living and provide for their families and this bill will help ensure that all employees are hired, fired or promoted based on their performances.
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Take action today! Urge your members of Congress to support non-discrimination protections for LGBT Americans
HRC's endorsement of The Equality Act accompanies several other statements of support for federal LGBT non-discrimination protections.
Luke Peterson has testified three times before lawmakers in Nebraska’s state legislature about the need for a state non-discrimination law — once for each of the times he believes he’s lost a job because of his sexual orientation.
HRC is looking for LGBT Americans who are willing to share their personal experiences with discrimination. It's vitally important to share personal stories as work begins on The Equality Act.
Equality Act Impact
The Equality Act provides basic protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, access to public spaces, housing, education, jury service, credit and federal funding. The bill does not change the protections available for religious institutions under federal law or the First Amendment. A timeline of the legislation that was introduced to protect LGBT people from discrimination in the forty years since the first Equality Act.
The Need for Full Equality
Currently, millions of Americans are subjected to uncertainty and potential discrimination that impacts their safety, their family and their way of life. The patchwork of current LGBT legal protections leaves millions subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination that impacts their safety, their family and their way of life.