The Reality Flag

Basic freedoms are missing in 28 states for LGBTQ+ Americans. Help Pass The Equality Act.


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Why Do We Need The Equality Act?

Seven years after marriage equality became a reality nationwide, over half of U.S. states could still deny LGBTQ+ Americans basic freedoms like the right to rent a home or the ability to receive public goods and services simply because of who they love or who they are. The Equality Act will change that, ensuring basic freedoms and protections for every American in every state.

This is America

Freedoms Missing For LGBTQ+ Americans

See the freedoms denied to fellow Americans in over half of the country.

Refusal Of Service

Businesses like restaurants, hair salons, and rideshares could legally refuse service if you are LGBTQ+.


LGBTQ+ Americans could be evicted, denied home loans and turned away from rental properties just because of who they are.

Medical Care

LGBTQ+ Americans could be denied service by healthcare providers and pharmacies just because of who they are.



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Address discrimination against students based on sexual orientation only

3 States

Address discrimination against students based on sexual orientation and gender identity

19 States & DC

Increasingly, states are explicitly addressing discrimination against LGBTQ+ elementary and high school students. This map indicates state laws that prohibit discrimination against students in public education on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The states that explicitly address discrimination against LGBTQ+ students are shown.

*On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are prohibited under federal sex-based employment protections.

For more information on the Supreme Court of the United States' decision in the Bostock vs. Clayton County case, see What the Supreme Court Ruling in Bostock Means For State Legislative Efforts.

Updated June 20, 2023

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Staci J.

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