It is the opinion of this particular Southern California editor, the fact that we’re still debating whether or not LGBTQ people should be protected from discrimination is criminal. It’s disheartening to think that after all of the hard-fought battles, racial and gender equality are two human rights consistently under attack.
On May 13, 2019, the Equality Act was introduced to Congress. But in spite of so much progress (well, maybe not during the Trump Administration), LGBTQ rights continue to be under attack. The actual verbiage of the legislation reads:
“The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. … The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights law—including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Jury Selection and Services Act, and several laws regarding employment with the federal government—to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. The legislation also amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination in public spaces and services and federally funded programs on the basis of sex.”
There’s one big problem. The Act has yet to be passed. Please call your local legislators to demand that The Equality Act is passed immediately.