Equality Act

As President of the Pennsylvania Equality Project, I signed onto this letter calling on the US House and Senate to pass the Equality Act. Presently, Pennsylvania lacks cohesive, statewide law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The LGBTQ+ community should have the same protections from discrimination under the law. We have joined a coalition of other organizations, listed below, who seek an end to discrimination for housing, credit, education, lodging, and all other public accommodations.

 

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LGBTQ State and Local Groups Praise the Introduction of the Equality Act and Call for Its Immediate Passage


We, the undersigned, a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) state and local organizations, make the following statement in response to the introduction of the Equality Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

 

The Equality Act is a significant step forward for the LGBTQ community, and we are committed to mobilizing our communities to urge Congress to swiftly pass this important bill. We’ll be working in these lawmakers’ backyards to make sure they know this is about people, not politics. 

 

The Equality Act, a landmark LGBTQ nondiscrimination and civil rights bill, would update existing federal laws to protect people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Like all people, LGBTQ Americans need to access legal services and go to the store, bank, hospital, and other public places. The Equality Act would strengthen existing protections for everyone, including women and people of color, by updating the public spaces and services covered in current law. It would also codify the recent Supreme Court decision in Bostock by explicitly stating that existing federal civil rights laws that prohibit sex discrimination also protect LGBTQ people. The Equality Act is a vital next step in ensuring the promise of equal opportunity and freedom is provided to all of us, regardless of what state, city, or town we call home.

 

Although 21 states and more than 330 cities have passed LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, half of LGBTQ people live in the 29 states that still lack express, comprehensive statewide laws. As organizations working in the states and cities that LGBTQ people call home, we know this patchwork of protections is unsustainable and leaves too many people behind. 

 

This isn’t just about federal politics—it’s about people, including our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and fellow worshippers in cities and states outside of Washington, D.C. We are hearing from Americans in communities across the country, and they are demanding their leaders prioritize passing the Equality Act. America is ready. From California to New York to Alaska to Florida, we, the organizations working directly with the people of this country, remain united in our efforts to finish the job. We compel Congress to act now to protect the people who elected them.

 

The need for comprehensive protections for the LGBTQ community is clear. Including LGBTQ Americans in civil rights protections would mark the most sweeping legislative victory for LGBTQ people in American history. The Equality Act will immeasurably improve the day-to-day lives of LGBTQ community members in every zip code and bring the nation closer to its promise of liberty and justice for all. As state and local organizations, we commit to doing our part to ensure the public’s demand for passage of the Equality Act is heard all across the country.

 

A future is in sight where no American in any part of the country is left vulnerable to discrimination because of who they are or who they love. We stand united to make it so.

 

Affirmations

Alaskans Together for Equality

All Under One Roof LGBT Advocates of Southeastern Idaho

Atlanta Pride Committee

Basic Rights Oregon

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Brave Space Alliance

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Campaign for Southern Equality

CANDLE

Center on Halsted

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Colors+

Compass LGBTQ Community Center

Damien Center

Eastern PA Trans Equity Project

Equal Rights Washington

Equality Arizona

Equality California

Equality Community Center

Equality Delaware

Equality Florida

Equality Illinois

Equality Kansas

Equality Maine

Equality Michigan

Equality Nevada

Equality New Mexico

Equality North Carolina

Equality Ohio Education Fund

Equality South Dakota

Equality Texas

Equality Utah

Equality Virginia

Erie County Democratic Party LGBTQIA+ Caucus

Erie Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council

Erie Sisters and Brothers

Fair Wisconsin

Fairness Alliance and Information Resources of New York, Inc. (FAIRNY)

Fairness Campaign

Fairness West Virginia

Forum for Equality

Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center

Freedom Oklahoma

FreeState Justice

Full Spectrum Health LCC

Garden State Equality

Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center

Georgia Equality

Grand Rapids Pride Center

Great Lakes Bay Pride

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)

Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation

Henderson Equality Center

Hillcrest Children’s Center

Hudson Pride Center

Identity, Inc.

Indiana Youth Group

Inside Out Youth Services

Jackson Pride Center

Jacksonville Coalition for Equality 

JASMYN

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

LGBT Center of Raleigh

LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc.

LGBTQ Center of Bay County

LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County

Louisiana Trans Advocates

Mass Equality

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

Montana Human Rights Network

Nashville LGBT Chamber

New Hampshire Stonewall Democrats

NEW Pride Agenda

North County LGBTQ Resource Center

North Dakota Human Rights Coalition

Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc.

NW PA Pride Alliance

Oasis Center Inc

Oklahomans for Equality

One Colorado

ONE Community

One Iowa

One-n-ten

Out Boulder County

OUT MetroWest

OutCenter of Southwest Michigan

OutFront Kalamazoo

OutFront Minnesota

OutNebraska

Panhandle Equality

Pennsylvania Equality Project

Pennsylvania Youth Congress

PFLAG Hastings

PFLAG Nashville

PGH Equality Center

Phoenix Pride

Pride Center of New Jersey

Pride Center of Staten Island

Pride Center West Texas

Pride Community Services Organization

PROMO

Queer Connect, Inc.

QWELL Community Foundation

Rainbow Center

Rainbow Rose Center

Resource Center
Rural Outright

Ryan Sallans, Inc.

Sacramento LGBT Community Center

SAGE Metro Detroit

SAVE

Seacoast Outright

Shippensburg University Pride Center

Silver State Equality

SOJOURN

Southwest Center

Spencer Pride, Inc.

St. Pete Pride

Stonewall Columbus

Tennessee Equality Project

The Alaska Center Education Fund

The DC Center for the LGBT Community

The Human Rights Alliance Santa Fe

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading

The LGBTQ+ Community Center of Southern Nevada

The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center

The Pride Center at Equality Park

The Source LGBT+ Center

The Spahr Center

The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative

Time Out Youth

TransAction NH

TransFamily of NWPA

TransFamily Support Services

Transgender Michigan

TransOhio

Triangle Community Center

Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA)

Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Inc.

Waves Ahead Corp

Western Montana LGBTQ+ Community Center

William Way LGBT Community Center

Wyoming Equality

Youth OUTright WNC Inc