LETTER: Equality still out of reach for many LGBTQ people

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Editor: I believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be able to go to work, secure and maintain housing and access essential services without fear of harassment or mistreatment. It is truly the least we can do in a time when so many people are suffering. The challenge is that right now there are patchwork of different laws when it comes to how LGBTQ people should be treated.

We have federal civil rights laws in place that provide protections on the basis of race, color, national origin and in many cases also sex, disability and religion. Unfortunately, there are still big gaps in protections for LGBTQ people.

The Equality Act would address this by providing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This important legislation may be voted on in Congress as soon as this week.

We need to call on our members of Congress to not only vote yes when the Equality Act comes before them, but to sign on as co-sponsors and push leadership move this bill right away. It is unbelievable that in 2021 we are still talking about ensuring true LGBTQ equality. Let’s get this done!

— Gena Ozols, COLOR Action Fund, via [email protected]

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