The Equality Act Must Be Passed
We’re changing the game today.
Congress just introduced the bill we’ve been waiting for—the Equality Act. As our movement’s new flagship LGBT bill, the Equality Act would make clear and comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination protections in employment, education, housing, and public accommodations the law.
When I was fired for being trans, I wanted nothing except to have protections like this. The bill’s introduction today is bittersweet—while I’m overjoyed that this bill could help thousands of others, I’m saddened that, while Congress works its way to law, hundreds of others like me will not have clear and secure protections and could still lose their jobs for being who they are.
To ease its path, please join me in urging your members of Congress in supporting the Equality Act as a bill co-sponsor.
I transitioned over ten years ago and I’ve always chosen to be open about being a trans man. When my old company first hired me, they said that being who I am wasn’t going to be a problem. Soon afterwards, though, it became clear that wasn’t the case.
Management and human resources refused to create records or address me by any name other than what was on my old ID–even though other staff used nicknames or initials on their records. They outed me to my co-workers. And despite having been using the men’s room without incident for years, they interrogated me about my behavior in the restroom and ultimately to me I had to use the women’s room.
When I refused to use the women’s room, they called me a trouble-maker. If asking to be treated with dignity meant I was a trouble-maker, then I’d wear that with pride. But that’s not what I wanted. I only wanted to be treated with dignity.
Fortunately, the Equality Act is a fully inclusive nondiscrimination bill that requires employers and businesses to respect the privacy of trans people in restrooms. And unlike nondiscrimination bills of the past, there isn’t even the slightest chance that transgender people would be left out of it.
Stories like mine could have been avoided if we had clear protections in the first place. To prevent other people from facing what I did, I am asking for your help. Make this bill a reality for LGBT people across the country.
Thanks for your ongoing support and dedication in fighting discrimination,