FACTBOX – What would the Equality Act mean for LGBT+ Americans?


Thomson Reuters Foundation News 
by Kate Ryan
April 2, 2019

 

NEW YORK, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A U.S. Congressional committee on Tuesday held the first hearing on the Equality Act, legislation that would protect people nationwide from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

More than half of LGBT+ Americans live in states – 30 out of the total 50 – without protection from discrimination at work, school and elsewhere.

If approved by Congress, the measure would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that banned discrimination based on race, religion, sex and national origin.

Here are key facts about what the bill could mean for Americans and who supports it.

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