Currently, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face discrimination in a wide variety of areas. Most states do not have laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and there is no federal law that explicitly prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, federal funding, education, credit, and jury selection based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Equality Act (H.R.3185/S.1858 in the 114th Congress) will address this issue by amending existing civil rights laws to include protections based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. By building upon decades of civil rights legislation that have tangibly reduced discrimination, the Equality Act will significantly reduce the amount of discrimination LGBT people face and will provide an avenue for recourse for victims of discrimination. This bill will provide the same protections to LGBT people that are provided to other protected groups under federal law and will strengthen existing civil rights laws by expanding the definition of public accommodations and ensuring that people are protected from sex discrimination in public accommodations and federal funding.
Urge your member of Congress to support the Equality Act when it is re-introduced in the 115th Congress.
Judaism teaches that all human beings are created b'tzelem Elohim, in the Divine image (Genesis 1:27). The belief that the stamp of the divine is present in all humans is fundamental to Reform Judaism and teaches us that we cannot tolerate discrimination against any person because of their identity.