If passed by the full Congress and signed by President Biden, the Equality Act would be the most sweeping federal LGBTQ civil rights legislation ever to become law.
WASHINGTON, DC — The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people, applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it stalled after House passage in 2019.
“Treating all people with dignity and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should not be a partisan issue. The Trevor Project applauds the U.S. House for passing this historic bill and urges the Senate to act swiftly to protect LGBTQ youth from discrimination,” said Amit Paley (he/him pronouns), CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “When LGBTQ young people are turned away from a business, told they cannot enter a space or participate in a program simply because of who they are or who they love, it can be incredibly harmful to their mental health and sense of self. The time is now for the federal government to grant these long-overdue protections and to bring us one step closer to true LGBTQ equality.”
According to The Trevor Project’s 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, 60% of LGBTQ youth reported experiencing discrimination due to either their sexual orientation or gender identity — and those who experienced discrimination attempted suicide at more than twice the rate of those who did not in the past year. Further, a recent survey by The Trevor Project conducted between October and December of 2020 found that over 90% of LGBTQ youth said that recent politics negatively influenced their well-being.
About The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678-678.