Resolutions: LGBT Discrimination Is Un-American

LGBT Discrimination Is Un-American
A Resolution in Support of the Equality Act

WHEREAS, the United States of America was founded on the principle of equality and justice under the law, and;

WHEREAS, the LGBT community has faced rampant discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, education, credit, and nearly every other aspect of our lives, and;

WHEREAS, federal, state, and local governments have, historically and in many cases currently, been complacent in protecting LGBT people from discrimination, harassment, and violence, while at times also being actively engaged in those activities, and;

WHEREAS, LGBT people deserve the same protections, dignity, and respect as all other Americans, and;

WHEREAS, LGBT people of color, women, and especially those who are gender non-conforming, face some of the highest rates of unemployment, poverty, violence, and discrimination in the country, and;

WHEREAS, marriage equality has reached every corner of our nation, but federally and in 29 states (33 if you are transgender) there are no laws in place to protect LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace, housing, or in any other setting, and;

WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States has twice affirmed that gay, lesbian, and bisexual people deserve the same basic dignity, respect, and protection of the rule of law that all Americans enjoy, and;

WHEREAS, the President of the United States has stated “LGBT rights are human rights,” and;

WHEREAS, Senators Merkley, Baldwin, and Booker and Representatives Cicilline, and Lewis have introduced the Equality Act in Congress to address LGBT discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, credit, and other aspects of daily life, and;

WHEREAS, the Equality Act is a strong, comprehensive anti-discrimination bill that addresses the most pressing aspects of discrimination faced by LGBT Americans;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Pride @ Work calls on Congress to pass and the President to sign the Equality Act with all due haste, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Pride @ Work calls upon all labor unions, labor federations, and labor-affiliated organizations to support and advocate for the Equality Act’s passage, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Pride @ Work will work at all levels to develop support for the Equality Act and actively work for its passage.