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What is the Equality Act?

This is a pivotal moment for our community, and for everyone who believes in fairness and equality.

In October, the U.S. Supreme Court heard three cases about LGBTQ employment discrimination. The Court’s ruling in these cases will determine whether LGBTQ people will be cut off from critical protections under federal law – not only in the workplace, but potentially in healthcare, housing, education, and more.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. The Court must affirm that all LGBTQ people should be able to support themselves and their families without fear of discrimination or harassment at work.

But no matter how the Supreme Court rules, our work won’t be done. Congress must also pass the Equality Act, to ensure there is never a doubt that LGBTQ people are protected under federal law in all areas of life.

The Impact of the Equality Act

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. That’s why it’s so critical that the Supreme Court affirm existing protections for LGBTQ people under federal law, and that Congress pass the Equality Act to ensure those protections endure and cover every area of life.

The Equality Act passed in the House, but we need support in the Senate.

Here is what you can do:

  • Tell your U.S. Senator that passing the Equality Act is important to you – constituent priorities get heard.  Find your senator here.
  • Stay involved and spread the word about this critical moment and the hugely important stakes of this case. Find sample text and graphics here.
  • Stay tuned and stay connected to GLAD on Facebook and on Twitter – we’ll keep you posted on the Court’s ruling and ways to take further action.

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.