The NBJC Backs The Equality Act

The National Black Justice Coalition, an advocacy organization for the needs of black members of the LGBT community, has backed the Equality Act, introduced in Congress yesterday.

The Equality Act seeks to extend protections for members of the LGBT community under civil rights law. The EEOC recently ruled that sexual orientation discrimination at work is already banned under current law regarding gender discrimination, but the Equality Act is much further-reaching: It would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment, education, and public accommodations, and it would expand public protections on gender in public accommodations.

NBJC Executive Director and CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, said of the NBJC’s decision:

“When a person is both Black and LGBT, discrimination – and the evils of blatant and systemic racism – is too commonplace and faced on a number of levels that are fundamentally unacceptable in a democracy. As such, NBJC supports the Equality Act, which would provide vital legal protections to so many in the Black LGBT community who are particularly vulnerable to discrimination in our nation.”

 

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