The passage of the Equality Act would change the lives of LGBT people drastically.
And that is why President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to enact it.
In his State of the Union speech March 1, Biden made calls to “finally get the bipartisan Equality Act” on his desk. The legislation has been pending in the U.S. Senate for nearly a year, despite the promise Biden made of signing it into law in the first 100 days in office.
The Equality Act would end LGBT discrimination in housing, employment, education, and more if passed.
Biden also criticized the anti-trans bills that seek to restrict access to transition-related health care for youth and ban trans children from playing in sports teams corresponding to their gender identity.
“The onslaught of state laws targeting transgender Americans and their families is wrong,” Biden said, The Washington Blade reported. “As I said last year, especially to our younger transgender Americans, I will always have your back as your president, so you can be yourself and reach your God-given potential.”
Although Biden is calling for equal rights in America, the “Don’t Say Gay” bill is close to becoming law in Florida. The House has already passed it, and Gov. Ron DeSantis has voiced support for it.
The bill, if passed, would ban topics covering sexual orientation, gender identity, and anything LGBT-related in schools.
“Despite overwhelming public outrage, polling data underscoring immense unpopularity with voters, and hours of testimony from LGBTQ families,” Equality Florida said in a statement. “Republican legislators voted to pass the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill and ‘Stop WOKE’ Act in the Florida House. If signed into law, these bills will have disastrous impacts on classrooms and workplaces. They will turn Florida into a surveillance state and give the government broad license to censor conversations about American history, the origins of racism and injustice, and the existence of LGBTQ people.”