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The Equality Act



Update: March 23, 2021 — GLAD has launched the Freedom & Opportunity For All campaign with 16 other co-founding organizations and support from hundreds of the nation’s top leaders in civil rights, faith, education, health care, and advocacy. The campaign will continue growing nationwide support for federal anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, women, people of color, and people of all faiths. Read our statement on the campaign launch here.

Right now, we have a patchwork of state-based protections for LGBTQ people across the country – but millions of LGBTQ Americans remain vulnerable to discrimination every day.

The Equality Act would update the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal civil rights laws to affirm that sexual orientation and gender identity are clearly and explicitly included within those protections.

This is a pivotal moment for our community, and for everyone who believes in fairness and equality. The Equality Act passed in the House, but we need support in the Senate.

Let’s make sure this U.S. Congress is the one to pass the Equality Act and bring a level playing field to LGBTQ people nationwide as we live our lives. We give so much to our communities, work, and families and need and deserve the same dignity, fairness, and respect as others.

Because the ability to be treated with dignity and respect should never depend on who you are, who you love, or what zip code you call home.

Watch the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing (March 17, 2021).

Want to do more to support the Equality Act? Click here for the #EqualityTime action center!

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