In an unnecessarily long and drawn-out fight over basic equality and legal protections, the U.S. House of Representatives finally voted for and passed the Equality Act. It is an update of the landmark 60’s era Civil Rights Act. This extends anti-discrimination protections to our LGBTQ community from coast to coast and replaces the patchwork of rules and regulations that currently exists. Keep reading to learn what the Equality Act means to you and what comes next!
The Equality Act and You
The Equality Act amends current federal civil rights law to ensure protections for LGBTQ Americans. This includes employment, education, housing, and is critical as we are fighting a mounting battle for our community. We stand with our trans brothers and sisters as they continually face discrimination in both public and private avenues.
Religious bigots know they can’t use the same hateful language for minorities because people recognize they are racist. They know they can’t shame our gay and lesbian community any longer because society has hit the tipping point. They are recognized as homophobic and their viewpoints disregarded. Our trans community, however, is still targeted by small-minded “people” who hate an entire category of people whom they know nothing about. And worse they aren’t even interested to learn. This is our next battlefield, and we will be triumphant!
Now The Senate Must Pass the Equality Act
Now it’s on to the senate, where good legislation goes to die. At least, that was the case during McConnell’s reign of terror. Now we will see if Schumer is up to the task of bringing this critical legislation across the finish line. Call a vote and let America know where these senators stand when it comes to equality!
This will likely be one of the first stress-tests of Filibuster Reform. All it takes is a single religious bigot to submit a slip of paper and the Senate will be unable to even vote on the measure. You can bet that there are more than enough reactionaries embedded in the Senate. So this will be a test of Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and our own Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. If they are unwilling to remove the filibuster for civil rights legislation (historically, the filibuster is primarily used specifically for the purpose of thwarting civil rights legislation), then we must remove them from office. Equality is a line in the sand. You stand on one side or the other, and it’s about time to choose your side.
Have a fun day,
Tony Ray 😎