Federal Equality Act
As your constituent and a member of NYSUT, I ask you to support the Equality Act.
I believe that LGBTQ students and educators must be safe from all forms of discriminations.
The Equality Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This legislation would help cultivate school environments that are nurturing and supportive, where students experience a greater sense of acceptance and safety.
Discrimination against LGBTQ citizens violates our core American values of equality and fairness. It tells LGBTQ students, already more likely than other students to face bullying and harassment, that they are second-class citizens.
The protections that the Equality Act would afford are crucial for LGBTQ educators as well. Most states lack non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity. This makes LGBTQ educators, who are critical allies and resources for their students, vulnerable to discrimination themselves.
The Equality Act is an important step in our nation's continuing march towards fairness for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. I ask you to support the Equality Act when it comes to the floor of the US Congress.
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