Democrats Reintroduce LGBT Equality Act [VIDEO]

Via press release:

Today, HRC joined with bipartisan lawmakers and an unprecedented number of businesses to announce the re-introduction of the Equality Act — federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s existing civil rights laws.

The bipartisan legislation would provide clear and equal protections under federal law for all Americans in vital areas of life, like employment, access to public spaces, housing, credit, education, jury service, and federally-funded programs. Today, in a majority of U.S. states (31), LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services because of who they are.

“No person’s fundamental rights should be determined by which side of a state line they live on,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The Equality Act will once and for all end the unacceptable patchwork of non-discrimination laws across this country that leaves LGBTQ people at risk. Every American should have a fair chance to earn a living, provide for their families, and live their lives without fear of discrimination. And at its core, that’s what the Equality Act is all about.”

The Equality Act is co-sponsored by 241 members of Congress. It was first introduced in 2015 by Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) and by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ).

  • james1200
    • Boreal
      • james1200
        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Does that flag say “LGBTs for Trump” or “LGBTs for Treason”? And does it make a difference?

          • james1200

            Treason, of course. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

          • Tawreos

            I am pretty sure it says LGBTs for Trevor, or maybe that is just my crush talking again

          • coram nobis

            LGBTs for truffles? You need a pig to find truffles, don’t you?

        • Todd20036

          It’s also upside down

        • bambinoitaliano

          No volunteers from our community to piss on him except those LCR whores.

    • Bad Tom

      “I stand by nothing.”
      — Donald J. Trump

    • Tawreos

      He wants to halt that a hateful foreign ideology (Islam) from coming into the country. This is different from protecting us from homegrown hateful ideology.

      • james1200

        He’ll keep us from getting killed (how, I don’t know) but then strip us of our civil rights. And we better like it, too!

    • Capritaur

      He said the hateful foreign ideology. Except the LGBT has only been so far the subject of violence and oppression from domestic ideologues and their sycophants.

      • GayOldLady

        As I’ve always said, I’ve never experienced bigotry at the hands of a Muslim person, it’s always come from people who call themselves christian. Every anti-LGBTQ law in the South has been generated by christian lawmakers under the guise of protecting religion from the dangerous gay people, when in fact it is gay people that need protecting from the mistreatment meted out by components of organized religion. Maybe this bill will pass, but I’m not betting on it.

        • another_steve

          How could it possibly pass with Republicans in control of Congress, GOL?

          No way that leadership in either house will allow the bill to come up for a vote.

          • GayOldLady

            The only thing that might get this to the floor is National attention and the Dems seem to want to make an issue of this. But like I said, I’m not betting on it.

        • Ninja0980

          Indeed.
          While the bigots scream about the Muslims in the Middle East, back home Christians are the ones passing laws to make us second class citizens in every way they can.

        • Menergy

          +1000!!!

    • kaydenpat

      What is he doing about Chechnya?

      • Todd20036

        Nothing

      • Paula

        Vlad already told that it is all fake news. Nothing is happening in Chechnya.

    • Rex

      It’s not the foreign ideology I’m worried about, it’s the Republican ideology and the religious ideology that concerns me. And in comparison, many Republicans and religious right would have no problem committing violence against LGBTQ people.

      • james1200

        I’m just fascinated with the mind of someone who says he’ll protect the LGBT community while simultaneously stripping us of our rights. The fact that he gets away with talking out of both sides of his asshole just pisses me off.

        • JaniceInToronto

          He will say or do whatever is convenient. He will spin and twist his words (read “lie”). He cannot be trusted to do -anything- he says.

    • Frostbite

      Believe him? I believe he’s full of shit and will say anything, that’s the only thing I believe about him.

    • ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      it’s like crickets the bigly number of people who believe cheetolini on anything at all.

    • -M-

      He never said he’d protect anyone from domestic hatred or bigotry.

      • Gianni

        True. He said ‘foreign ideology’ which he equates with Islam. Granted Islam is no friend to gay people, but here in this country, the religion of choice to support bigoted, hateful, and abusive behavior is Christianity/Christian Fundamentalism. He can’t outright identify that or he’ll lose too much support.

        • Also because that takes critical thinking.

  • Boreal

    241? Which repigs will go on record saying they support our rights?

    • Capritaur

      241 = 193 House Dems + 46 Senate Dems + 2 Senate Independents. No repig.

      • kaydenpat

        How sad. Log Cabin Republicans must be so disappointed. /s

        • Frostbite

          Oh, they’re waiting for the GOP’s own version of protection laws, coming to you in 3158, if we survive that long.

      • Boreal

        As I thought.

    • GayOldLady

      Although the say this is a bi-partisan bill, I’ll have to see it to believe it.

      • Shy Guy

        It’ll be a couple of hundred Democrats plus one or two Republicans from Liberal leaning states.

    • Ninja0980

      Richard Hanna was the only one and he left Congress in part with disgust on how the Republicans are with social issues.

    • Gianni

      When you find one, let us know.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Out of 241 sponsors, are any Republican? Ros-Lehtinen?

  • Lazycrockett

    FYI Hillary Clinton is gonna be on MSNBC @ the top of the hour for some reason.

  • another_steve

    The best way to achieve LGBT equality is to destroy the Republican Party — which in 2017 is a morally bankrupt stain on the long road to social justice in the United States.

    • kaydenpat

      Agreed but the way things are so gerrymandered, that may be far down in our future.

      • another_steve

        Russiagate.

        Russiagate has the potential of making the entire Republican Party impotent for the next 15 years.

        • Yes, but in all the noise about cheetolini’s 100 DAYS! Russiagate, Putingate, Collusiongate has sunk from sight.

      • Our only hope as a nation is that the DNC gets off their colossal ass and start running candidates in every race. Depending upon the level of disgust for the current “leadership” by the GOP this might very well bring voters across the party line.

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  • Bad Tom

    Thank you, bipartisan members of Congress!
    The Equality Act is important to us.
    ——-
    Our bills are named for what they actually do. Fancy that.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Nice, but in my opinion this could have waited until next week…this week ALL HANDS ON DECK to fight the repeal of the ACA. *Nothing* should take the focus off defeating this latest version of Trumpcare.

    • another_steve

      “House Republicans floundering on Obamacare repeal”

      http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/02/republicans-obamacare-repeal-votes-237871

      • kaydenpat

        Exactly. Republicans don’t need any assistance to flounder. They’re doing a great job with that all by themselves.

      • Ray Taylor

        Those Quislings had better be part of the disenting 20.

    • Treant

      Let them shoot themselves in the foot, then we can just point and laugh when they accuse Democrats of destroying it.

      So far, that’s happening. Most Republicans know what would happen if they stripped insurance from 20 million people and damaged the insurance of another 40 million more. And it involves torches, pitchforks, and guillotines.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Why are they trying to oppress Tony Perkkkins?

  • Paula

    Well, Dems, I really appreciate the gesture. Have they heard the expression pissing on a forest fire to put it out?

    • coram nobis

      They went with HRC.

  • The Milkman

    Nice. This way they can introduce this long-delayed legislation without the annoying possibility of it actually becoming law. Well-played.

  • clay

    Pink!

    • Her dress sure did stand out among the sea of boring dark colors. I loved it, brought a breath of freshness to the affair.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Bipartisan? That doesn’t even fit, even to all the homocons that vote against their own best interests. This, like anything pro LGBT will not even be considered by the Repugs. Same shit, different day.

  • Frostbite

    Nice token, but doesn’t have a popsicle’s chance in hell of actually passing.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Nope. Won’t happen. Too many religious people believe we are the spawn of Satan. They put Trump into office, and he knows it.

  • Jerry Kott

    Give the dog a bone?

  • andrew

    This is a very important proposal, even though it probably won’t be enacted by this Republican Congress, it will keep the issue of discrimination against LGBT people before the public. Many polls have shown that Americans are gradually moving toward the idea of full equality for LGBT people. This will help keep that issue alive and lead us toward eventual passage of inclusive non discrimination laws.

  • StSean

    While watching The Handmaid’s Tale last week, I had the revelatin that at no time in history has anyone ever been free. Sure, we talk a good game about democracy and independence, but that is so far from the truth of America, I kinda got a little sick. Like this. Why THE FUCK does there even have to be a vote on my safety and freedom to live? Republicans should be flocking to our side under the banner of MOAR FREEDOM, but they don’t because … well, pick a reason, any reason. I’m flummoxed.