For Immediate Release
March 17, 2021

Today, the United States Senate took a historic step by holding a hearing on the Equality Act for the first time.

A statement from NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon on today’s hearings:

“Today’s historic hearing in the United States Senate illustrates why it is so important for Congress to pass – and President Biden to swiftly sign – the Equality Act. Despite powerful testimony from witnesses including Pastor Edith Guffey, the mom of a nonbinary child, and Stella Keating, a transgender teenager who spoke eloquently about her love for this county and her fears of facing discrimination when she leaves home to attend college, it was clear that anti-LGBTQ discrimination, particularly aimed at transgender individuals, is still a dangerous reality for many Americans. NCLR looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to pass the Equality Act to make sure that no one faces discrimination in any aspect of their lives simply because of who they are.”

Imani Rupert-Gordon, NCLR Executive Director