In May 2017, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Equality Act (HR 2282/S 1006), which would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals from discrimination by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of identities protected under the Civil Rights Act. The bill would also expand protections for women in public accommodations and federal funding, two areas not currently covered by existing federal civil rights law. If passed, the Equality Act would protect transgender, intersex, gender fluid, agender, and other people from the administration’s efforts to define sex as biological, determined at birth, and immutable.
Read NCJW’s Equality Act Talking Points to learn more about this bill and find talking points to use when advocating for these important protections.
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