Tell Your Lawmakers To Support Federal Nondiscrimination Protections
The sharp rise in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation has created a confusing patchwork of state laws that support increasingly hostile and dangerous environments for LGBTQ+ people. Right now, nearly half of all LGBTQ+ people live in states that lack protections from discrimination.
The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit federal non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people across key areas of life — including housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service, no matter what state they call home.
The Equality Act has broad public support across party lines, geographies and religious affiliations. According to the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), 8 in 10 Americans favor comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people.
The Equality Act — being introduced as S. 5 in the Senate and HR. 15 in the House — ensures LGBTQ+ people can live free from fear of harassment and discrimination by guaranteeing the same federal anti-discrimination protections and basic freedoms that others have enjoyed for decades — and expands protections for women, people of color, and people of all faiths.
Can You Be Denied Service For Being Gay?
The answer depends on where you live. In 29 states, LGBTQ+ people are at risk of being refused housing or denied services simply because of who they are.
Today, if an LGBTQ+ person were to drive from Maine to California, their rights would literally change dozens of times.
How Is CenterLink Helping To Pass federal nondiscrimination protections?
We are working with a coalition of LGBTQ+ organizations to educate people about advocating for federal nondiscrimination protections.
Over 200 LGBTQ+ community centers have signed on to a letter urging Congress to pass federal nondiscrimination protections like the ones outlined in the Equality Act.