May 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) celebrated the passage of H.R. 5, the Equality Act. In a video message, Rep. Lieu highlighted how this bill will ensure LGBTQ Americans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.


Today Is An Exciting And Important Day.

This Afternoon, We in the House Passsed H.R. 5, The Equality Act.

The Equality Act Ensures That No American Will Be Denied Housing, Employment, The Ability To Attend School Or The Opportunity To Buy A Home Because Of Who They Love Or How They Identify Themselves.

Currently, Only 21 States Have Protections Against Discrimination In Employment And Housing For Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity.

That Means, In The Majority Of States, A Person Who Identifies As LGBTQ Can Be Denied Opportunities Because Of Their Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity.

You May Be Surprised To Learn That Federal Law Does Not Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination On The Basis Of Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity In Education, Employment, Housing, Credit Federal Jury Service, Public Accommodations And The Use Of Federal Funds.

The Equality Act Ensures Clear, Consistent Protections For Members Of The LGBTQ Community Under Federal Civil Rights Laws.

If Signed Into Law, The Equality Act Will Extend Existing Protections Against Discrimination To LGBTQ Americans.

It’s A Necessary Step To Ensure That All Americans Are Protected Under The Eyes Of The Law. I Am Proud To Have Voted For The Equality Act And I Urge The Senate To Take It Up So We Can Make It The Law Of The Land.