Marriage equality is now the law, but we still have a long way to go in the struggle for equal rights. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people still face discrimination — with no clear legal remedy in many states.

What’s at Stake Today

Discrimination on the basis of sex – including sexual orientation or gender identity – has no place in our nation.

The highest court in our nation is currently deciding whether it will follow precedent and confirm that LGBTQ individuals are included in our nation’s civil rights laws when it comes to workplace protections against discrimination.

And the Senate must act to make explicit federal protections for LGBTQ folks in employment, housing and education the land of the land through passing the Equality Act.

What Is NWLC Doing?  

NWLC is leading efforts on behalf of the women’s rights communities to ensure that the Supreme Court continues to follow decades of precedent regarding sex discrimination law —namely, that discrimination based on sex stereotyping is sex discrimination and these protections must include LGBTQ workers.

We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Equality Act on May 17, 2019 — a bill that spells out basic rights to fair treatment for LGBTQ people for the first time in our nation’s history, while closing longstanding gaps in protections against sex discrimination. We call on the Senate to take up this bill and to pass it to bring it closer to becoming the law of the land.

When the fight for marriage equality was making its way through the courts, we were there, arguing that just as the Constitution prohibits sex discrimination, it prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. We also work to ensure that no student faces harassment on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or departure from gender stereotypes.