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

No federal law explicitly requires fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer people in critical areas like employment, housing, and education.

What Is NWLC Doing?  

Discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity has no place in the United States. It’s time to close the gaps in the law.

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 have worked to ensure that no student faces harassment on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or departure from gender stereotypes.

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.