More than 400 businesses back LGBTQ rights actThe hogwash part are the companies that have facilities in states that are passing anti-trans bills, it is great that they’re supporting the Equality Act but they should speak up against these draconian laws.
By Dee-Ann Durbin
April 27, 2021
The Human Rights Campaign, a Washington-based LGBTQ advocacy group, said its Business Coalition for the Equality Act has grown to 416 members, including dozens of Fortune 500 companies. Big names like Apple, PepsiCo, General Motors, CVS, Facebook, Marriott, Capital One, Starbucks and Home Depot pepper the list.
“It’s time that civil rights protections be extended to LGBT+ individuals nationwide on a clear, consistent and comprehensive basis,” said Carla Grant Pickens, IBM’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, in a statement distributed by the Human Rights Campaign.
The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics. Those protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education and other areas.
What else could Biden have said or done? One trans activist suggested, "I'm going to direct the DOJ to investigate/bring lawsuits against these violations of the 14th amendment and the Civil Rights Act."Actions, Mr. President, are what advocates are looking for. The words will surely go down in history, but current events demand action. Now.
Meanwhile more people are supporting passing the Equality Act,
American Public Opinion and the Equality ActBut there is little hope that it will pass in the Senate… the Republicans are strong supporters in the right to discriminate against another person.
By Framk Newport
March 19, 2021
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act on Feb. 25, and the bill is now undergoing hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The purpose of the Equality Act is to prohibit "discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system."
Public opinion data suggest that the majority of Americans support the bill, or at least the idea behind it. As far back as 2017, Gallup asked a general question about the need for this type of new law and found slim majority support -- 51% -- for "new civil rights laws to reduce discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people."
Another recent survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that 82% of Americans favored "laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations and housing."
A Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in June found that 69% of Americans supported "laws that ban discrimination based on whether a person is lesbian, gay or bisexual."