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Uphold the God-given dignity of every American, including LGBTQ people

South Florida Sun Sentinel • May 4, 2021, 3:34 pm As a Presbyterian pastor, I have always been committed to speaking my conscience. When I came to know LGBTQ people and learned the discrimination they sometimes face, it was incomprehensible to me that no federal law exists to protect them. I believe dignity and respect are values that should never be absent in our laws.
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Support for LGBTQ+ rights

Mansfield News Journal • May 2, 2021, 3:27 pm Regarding the April 9 article, ''Todd Rice, former President of the Mansfield Gay Pride Association, dies at 44,'' it is always heartbreaking to see a beloved member of the LGBTQ+ community pass. As a former Mansfield resident and a PFLAG parent (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), I had the opportunity on April 21 to lobby Sen. Rob Portman and Sen. Sherrod Brown's legislative aides with the Freedom & Opportunity For All Coalition (passtheequalityact.com) to help pass the Equality Act. This act would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in housing, the workplace and public accommodations.
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Open the Door to LGBTQ Equality in North Carolina

Queen City Nerve • April 28, 2021, 1:26 pm This spring marks five years since North Carolina sprang into the national spotlight because of a statewide conversation about LGBTQ equality — more specifically, about dignity and respect for transgender people.
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“This is What America is About”: The Importance of Passing the Equality Act

By Shane Stahl • April 23, 2021, 10:08 am Check out some highlights from our town hall with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, including his support for the Equality Act.
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Why North Carolina’s Anti-Trans Policies Made Me Fear for My Life

Cardinal and Pine • April 21, 2021, 1:24 pm A transgender 10th grader from western North Carolina tells us what it’s like to live in a state with a hostile GOP-controlled state Legislature.
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My trans brother — and my patients — teach me about the reality they face

CNN • April 16, 2021, 1:23 pm One week before President Joe Biden signed a proclamation honoring Transgender Day of Visibility, Dr. Rachel Levine became the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate. As a physician who cares for transgender patients and the sister of a transgender man, I have celebrated these important milestones. But I also know that the freedom to be visible cannot be equally shared across the transgender community until it is equally protected.
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Trans students simply want to play the sports they love – and inclusion is the way to go

Openly • April 16, 2021, 1:21 pm As a former Olympic women's gymnast, I believe trans people should be fully included in sport
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We do not have another decade to waste without protecting every Alaskan

Juneau Empire • April 14, 2021, 1:19 pm Ten years ago, I had the honor of introducing Alaska’s first bill to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. I had introduced and worked on some very consequential legislation before that time – but I was thanked more for this piece of legislation than for any other legislation I ever worked on in my 15 years as an Alaskan legislator.
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Sen. Portman can solidify his consensus-building legacy by supporting the Equality Act

cleveland.com • April 14, 2021, 1:17 pm Ohioans should be grateful to hear that Portman, as our senator, will be focused on getting things done and pushing for important policies in his final term. As the executive director of Equality Ohio, I’m especially eager to see him address the present challenges facing the LGBTQ community.
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Don’t make me leave Texas to support my transgender child

Houston Chronicle • March 31, 2021, 1:15 pm Kai loves school. I mean, sure — on some days it’s hard to get her up and dressed for school, but I’m the mom of a 10-year-old. That comes with the territory. What really matters is that she’s excited to see her classmates and happy to be in class. As the mother of a transgender child, it is difficult to express what a blessing that is. Here in Austin, her teachers want the best for her, she has a great circle of friends, and our community supports her. That’s exactly what we hoped for when we moved here.
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NC Mayor: Burr, Tillis Need to Stand Up and Protect NC’s LGBTQ Residents

Cardinal and Pine • March 30, 2021, 1:13 pm This mayor explains why her town passed protections for LGBTQ people, and why more protections are needed.
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Philly Christian agency’s move to allow LGBTQ adoption should be nation’s blueprint

The Philadelphia Inquirer • March 29, 2021, 1:11 pm For decades, my life as a Roman Catholic nun has provided me a wonderful relationship with the Scriptures, God, and God’s followers. It is my life’s work. Heartbreakingly, there have been instances over the years when I have heard people, my fellow Catholics included, attempt to harm LGBTQ people under the guise of faith. Thankfully, times have changed, and continue to, as the march toward equality powers on. This month, a major step forward took place in support of LGBTQ Americans, and indeed all Americans of faith, as Bethany Christian Services, one of the largest religious-run adoption and foster care agencies in the nation, announced it will work with parents who identify as LGBTQ.
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Improving the standard for equality across Pa.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette • March 28, 2021, 1:07 pm With the swift passage of the Equality Act by the House of Representatives, it’s clear that passing a federal nondiscrimination law to protect LGBTQ people is a priority. The Senate now has an opportunity to make significant headway on the issue of equality.
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Discrimination and the Fight for LGBTQ Equality

Atlanta Jewish Times • March 25, 2021, 1:05 pm Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple details modern plagues involving discrimination, hatred and bigotry.
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After 50-year stalemate, it’s time to pass federal LGBTQ nondiscrimination law

The Hill • March 24, 2021, 1:04 pm A growing number of states have introduced legislation targeting transgender youth and their access to school sports and gender-affirming health care. Since January alone, more than two dozen states have introduced bills that would ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. In 2020, legislation was considered in 18 states. Outside observers may be surprised to learn that these kinds of bills have been blocked in Utah, a state with one of the most conservative legislative bodies in America, thanks in large measure to a veto threat from our Republican governor.
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