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Here are Four Easy Ways to Protect LGBGTQ+ People from Discrimination

Federal law still does not protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

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If you’re looking to become an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, the best place to start is the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Founded in 1980 and boasting more than 3 million members, HRC is the nation’s leading advocacy organization for queer Americans. Throughout its history, HRC has played a major role in repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” making marriage equality the law of the land, and other initiatives.

Shockingly, even in 2021, federal law still does not protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Many of our favorite places to recreate operate under state and local policies that proactively discriminate against members of the LGBTQ+ community, reducing the access and sense of belonging for the queer community.

Right now, advocates in Congress are working to pass the Equality Act to ensure that LGBTQ+ folx are legally protected from discrimination in the workplace, housing, financing, education, and even in sports. Unfortunately, the bill is currently stalled in the Senate. Here are four easy actions you can take right now to help get it passed.