Rep. Jan Schakowsky Statement on the Equality Act

Equality Act

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL09)

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–May 2, 2017. Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined Rep. David Cicilline and 192 of their House colleagues in reintroducing the Equality Act, which would provide explicit, permanent protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service.

“As a founding member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, I am committed to ensuring that the LGBTQ community has the same legal protections as everyone else.  The Equality Act will make sure that LGBTQ individuals are protected from discrimination in all aspects of their lives, no matter where they live. It is unconscionable that people in the United States today can be fired, evicted, or kicked out of a restaurant or hotel simply because of who they are or whom they love. Now more than ever it is crucial that we take steps to protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination. I will do whatever it takes to ensure equality for all.”

Currently, LGBT Americans have no protection from discrimination in 29 states.  In these states, LGBT persons can be fired, evicted, or denied a loan just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  The Equality Act will ensure nationwide, comprehensive protection from discrimination for LGBT people.

Source: http://schakowsky.house.gov