Statement from TLDEF Staff Attorney Ethan Rice
“We applaud congressional leaders for introducing this landmark legislation. The Equality Act is vitally important to creating a nation where LGBT people are treated fairly in all areas of their lives including, on the job, in their homes, at the places they visit, and in matters that affect their finances.
“On the heels of the historic Supreme Court ruling that extended marriage protections to LGBT Americans, the Equality Act is the next big step on the road to full equality. LGBT people continue to face a patchwork of state and local laws that leave them vulnerable to being fired from their jobs, barred from public places, and at risk for losing their homes, among other biases. Transgender people in particular face even greater disparities in employment, housing, public accommodation, health care, and education.
“It is time for Congress to act once and for all, to ensure that LGBT Americans are clearly protected under federal law.”