Content Filed Under: Equality Act

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Make ending discrimination a top priority in Ohio

The Cincinnati Enquirer • January 5, 2021, 11:34 am December marked a major milestone in the history of equality in America. It’s been 10 years since "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" was repealed. I served in the Air Force during the final years of that discriminatory policy, defending our country while good people across this nation were advocating for my right to serve openly. As a transgender veteran and a proud Ohioan, I’m overjoyed to see how far we’ve come. I also know we have farther to go.
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A prayer for a more just, inclusive future for LGBTQ folks in 2021

Religion News Service • December 28, 2020, 11:46 am Protecting all people, no matter who they love, is the first step to going into the future together.
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Texas isn’t on my son’s list of safe states. Congress should change that.

Austin American-Statesman • December 27, 2020, 11:43 am As our attention has been gripped this year by pressing news, one major development that I care about deeply seems to have flown under the radar: This year federal appeals courts in the South have ruled repeatedly that transgender students are entitled to basic dignity and equality at school.
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2020 rulings bring renewed hope for health care equality

Charlotte Observer • December 22, 2020, 2:06 pm When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in June affirming that federal law prohibiting discrimination based on sex also protects LGBTQ Americans from workplace discrimination, I knew the decision was monumental. But I didn’t fully realize how much of an impact it would have on other areas of daily life.
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Ten Years After the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” We Still Have More to Do

By Shane Stahl • December 17, 2020, 2:07 pm As this important anniversary is commemorated, we need to recommit to making the military truly open and inclusive and allowing transgender people to serve their country openly and honestly.
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LGBTQ protections must be restored 10 years after ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Orlando Sentinel • December 11, 2020, 2:03 pm Ten years ago I excitedly watched as a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), the discriminatory policy that for two decades prohibited lesbian, gay, and bisexual people from serving openly in the U.S. military. Over the course of its enforcement, more than 13,000 qualified service members were discharged because of their sexual orientation.
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In Crisis, LGBTQ+ Health Care Discrimination Thrives

The Advocate • December 10, 2020, 2:00 pm Anti-trans discrimination is alive and well in doctor's offices; federal action is desperately needed.
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Time to act on fairness

Lincoln Journal Star • December 7, 2020, 1:53 pm Here in Nebraska, we believe in fairness. We believe in treating each other as we’d like to be treated and creating opportunities for our youth and families to thrive.
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It’s Time to Pass the Equality Act

The bipartisan Equality Act will update federal law to include express and enduring nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans in key areas of life including employment, housing, education, and public spaces.
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Florida and America are ready for equality for all

Tallahassee Democrat • December 6, 2020, 1:47 pm If the recent election has told us anything, it’s that America is ready to move on from the harsh tenor and scapegoat politics that have dominated headlines for the past four years. Not only are Joe Biden and Kamala Harris strong supporters of nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ Americans, the President-elect said enacting the Equality Act would be a top legislative priority during his first 100 days in office. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill in 2018, but GOP leaders in the Senate refused to hear it.
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A new day for LGBTQ North Carolinians: As HB142 expires, we now can build a better NC

Citizen Times • December 4, 2020, 1:57 pm For decades, North Carolinians have lived under the thumb of laws that have excluded, humiliated, and singled out LGBTQ people.
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Now is the time to pass the Equality Act

Juneau Empire • December 4, 2020, 1:50 pm Equality is not a Democratic or Republican value, it’s an American value.
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Toomey should affirm his support for LGBT rights, vote for Equality Act

The Express Times • December 3, 2020, 12:11 pm More Americans voted in the November election than ever before. While voters were divided in their choice for president, we have seen repeatedly that Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all support non-discrimination protections for LGBT Pennsylvanians.
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Nondiscrimination protection is necessary for all Americans

Laredo Morning Times • November 30, 2020, 12:09 pm As a veteran who served 30 years in the U.S. Army, I’ve spent the better part of my life defending the freedoms that all Americans hold dear. Now, I’m asking U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to ensure that my daughter Marci, and millions of LGBTQ Americans like her, can enjoy those same freedoms.
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From HIV/AIDS to COVID-19: Public health crises underscore need for policies that don’t discriminate

Chicago Tribune • November 30, 2020, 11:59 am Every year on Dec. 1, people around the globe commemorate World AIDS Day, an occasion to remember the many people who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS over the past 40 years. This year’s observance comes at a frightening surge of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.