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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Joins House Colleagues in Reintroducing Equality Act

February 18, 2021
Press Release
Legislation will prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ Americans

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) joined dozens of House Democrats in introducing the Equality Act today. The bill, which passed the House in 2019, extends protections against discrimination to members of the LGBTQ community.

“The Equality Act guarantees that LGBTQ Americans can live their lives free from the fear of discrimination. No one should be denied employment, housing, or public accommodations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Rep. Lawrence. “I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing this important bill today. No matter who you love or how you identify, you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Period.”

Despite the success of the LGBTQ equality movement over the years, millions of LGBTQ Americans can still be discriminated against depending on the state they live in. In 27 states, including in Michigan, a person is at risk of being denied housing because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBTQ people are also at risk of being denied access to education in 31 states, and the right to serve on a jury in 41 states.

The Equality Act remedies these disparities by amending existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment education, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations, and federal funding.

President Biden has pledged to make the Equality Act a priority of his first 100 days in office. The House is expected to vote on the proposal next week.