As we celebrate Pride Month and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we must also recognize that the LGBTQ community in America is particularly vulnerable in 2019. ADL has been fighting to secure justice and fair treatment for all since our founding in 1913. Today, the Trump Administration is eroding and threatening LGBTQ rights in schools, courts, workplaces and the military. It is time to call on our leaders to advance the Equality Act, federal legislation that will explicitly protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. State laws provide only a patchwork of LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections, and last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases pertaining to protections against workplace discrimination — two challenging sexual orientation and one on the basis of gender identity. The uncertainty now facing LGBTQ communities means that it is time to pass uniform federal protections for LGBTQ people — the Equality Act.
The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in May, but the Senate has not yet scheduled a vote on this essential legislation. It’s time to urgently call on Senate leadership to bring the Equality Act to a vote.
We, the undersigned, demand that Senator McConnell and Senate leadership act immediately to protect their LGBTQ constituents and all Americans, and bring the Equality Act to a vote.