U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer has voiced his support for the Equality Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people under civil rights laws. Introduced in Congress Wednesday the measure has unprecedented support from nearly 70% of Americans, more than 280 members of Congress, and 453 businesses national organizations.
The Democratic Congressman from Gig Harbor says, “I was proud to sign on as an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan Equality Act (H.R. 5). Every American deserves to have access to the same basic civil rights – regardless of who they are or whom they love. I’m proud to represent a state that provides protections to ensure our LGBTQ friends and neighbors don’t face discrimination."
Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, added, "Congress should pass this vital legislation to extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans in every state, whether we’re dealing with employment, education, credit, jury service, federal funding, housing, or public accommodations.”
The Human Rights Campaign has found that nearly two-thirds of self-identified LGBTQ Americans report experiencing discrimination. Currently, 50% of LGBTQ people live in the 30 states that still lack statewide legal non-discrimination protections, leaving their residents and visitors at risk of being fired, denied housing, or refused service because of who they are or whom they love. The Equality Act would guarantee existing civil rights laws apply to LGBTQ people by providing clear, consistent non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally-funded programs and jury service.
More than 160 major corporations have joined the Business Coalition for the Equality Act. While the overwhelming majority of America’s leading businesses are already addressing workplace fairness for LGBTQ employees.