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. That means in many states, an LGBTQ couple could get married in the morning, then be fired due to their sexual orientation or gender identity that afternoon.
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.
Now we’re urging Congress to pass the Equality Act, a bill that will spell 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.