In the next ten (10) years, one in four Americans will be age 60 or older. LGBT Americans will make up nearly ten (10%) of them. LGBT seniors suffer from discrimination in all aspects of their lives including in employment, housing, federal funding and public accommodations based on their LGBT status.
On July 23, 2015, The Equality Act was introduced in both the House and Senate. The Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and jury service. Even though LGBT Americans can now marry in all 50 states and have their marriage recognized in all 50 states, LGB Americans do not have employment protections in 28 states and transgendered persons have no employment protections in 31 states. The numbers are similar for housing, public accommodations and credit. The need for one comprehensive federal law to provide certainty and protections for LGBT Americans in employment, public education, housing, public accommodations, federal funding, credit, and jury service is the next critical step after the Marriage Equality Decision to ensure full equality and dignity for all LGBT Americans. Protections would be extended to LGBT Americans in the following:
Employers with at least 15 employees, labor organizations, and federal employees would be prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex.
In addition to the protections currently provided under the Civil Rights Act, stores, transpiration, banks and health care services can no longer be denied on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex.
The Fair Housing Act would also be amended to provide equal access to the sale, rental and financing of housing based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex.
Federal student financial aid programs could not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex.
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act would be amended to replace the terms husband and wife with spouse and to ensure that credit is extended to all persons regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex.
Entities that receive federal funds, including programs that receive federal funding in child welfare, healthcare, nutrition assistance, public education and financial assistance for higher education would not be able to discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex.
Jurors could not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Equality Act has dozens of co-sponsors in the Senate, nearly 100 co-sponsors in the House and is supported by Apple, General Mills, Dow Chemical Company, American Airlines, Google, Nike, Facebook and Levi Strauss & Company, among others.
Please contact your Representatives today to let them know you support the Equality Act!, by clicking the button below, and typing in your zip code. It will give you the contact information for the representatives in your area. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act which contains protections for LGBT workers, who make up approximately 5.4 to 8 million of working Americans, has never passed Congress even though it has been repeatedly introduced since 1994. Make an impact on the laws and legislation that impacts you! Contact your congress members today and say "Yes" to Equality.