The Equality Act

The National Center for Transgender Equality recently posted a video to their Facebook page in celebration of Trans Visibility Week and the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

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Per the NCTE,

…we gave a trans flag to every member of Congress—every single one of the 100 Senators and 441 House members—and asked them to display the flags this past week.
And over 100 of them did. So many of them filmed videos, tweeted, and otherwise let their constituents and trans communities nationwide know that they will fight to make sure we WON’T BE ERASED.
It’s encouraging to see this support for our community.  This week members of congress will hold hearings on the Equality Act.

The Equality Act prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, jury service, federally-funded programs (including health care), and businesses that serve the public. It will also prohibit discrimination against women and girls in public accommodations for the first time in federal law.

Finally, the bill expands the list of protected places of public accommodations to include retail stores, transportation services like airports, taxis and bus stations, and service providers like accountants, for all groups covered.

To do this, The Equality Act would amend several crucial pieces of civil rights legislation — such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 — to clearly prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. This would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in the same way these laws already prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, and national origin.

Read more about this significant piece of legislation here.

If you are interested in learning more about the trans flag, I reviewed ‘More Than Just a Flag’ which chronicles the life of the creator Monica F. Helms recently and I highly recommender reading it.

Love, Hannah

 

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