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The Equality Act

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. It’s time to pass the Equality Act.

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What Is the Equality Act?

The Equality Act is historic federal legislation that would update and improve our nation’s civil rights laws by including explicit protections for LGBTQ people, as well as women, people of color, immigrants, and people of all faiths.

Why do we need it? Because right now, in a majority of states, LGBTQ people can still legally be evicted from their homes, kicked out of businesses, removed from a jury, denied government services, and face discrimination in medical treatment – just because of who they are.

Millions of LGBTQ Americans remain vulnerable every day, and the Equality Act will fix that. This is a pivotal moment for our community, and for everyone who believes in fairness and equality.

How to Take Action

The Equality Act passed in the House, but we need support in the Senate. Taking action is easy and critically important. We need to keep up the momentum, make sure our Senators know we support the bill, and spread the word.

  • Tell your Senators to pass the Equality Act. Call, email, tweet, or fax (yes, fax) your Senator to let them know why it’s so important to pass federal protections. Take action here.
  • Ask 3 friends to take action. Invite your friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors to share their support for the Equality Act. If they want to learn more, feel free to send them to this page or to PassTheEqualityAct.com.
  • Volunteer with #EqualityTime. There are plenty of ways to get involved. #EqualityTime gives you the tools to write a letter to the editor of your local paper, join a text or phone bank, and more. Click to get involved.
  • Spread the word on social media. We need everyone who cares about equality to take notice. Make sure your social network knows what’s at stake. Find the social media toolkit here.

 

How Is GLAD Supporting the Equality Act?

GLAD is a proud co-founding member of Freedom & Opportunity For All, a campaign building nationwide support for the Equality Act. The campaign is supported by hundreds of the nation’s top leaders in civil rights, faith, education, health care, and advocacy and over 400 major businesses.

GLAD is also a sponsor of #EqualityTime, an effort lead by the National Equality Action Team to organize supporters to take action for the Equality Act.

 

GLAD Blogs and Testimony

 

Why We Need the Equality Act: Stories in the Press

 

 

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