Though gay rights have come a long way over the years, there are still many barriers to full equality. Members of the LGBTQ community in Ohio and elsewhere can be subjected to discrimination based on their sexual orientation — in fact, in Ohio, LGBTQ residents only have legal protections under state employment. Because of situations like these across the country, OneEighty and countless others are part of the movement to support the Equality Act. The Equality Act is a fight to protect a person’s “sexual orientation”, and providing protection for this under the federal civil rights law.
How Can You Get Involved?
As detailed by the Human Rights Campaign, there are several ways that individuals can get involved in support of the Equality Act. Many can participate in grassroots efforts by finding local rallies or even undergoing training to become a grassroots lobbyist. LGBTQ individuals can share their stories to help others understand the need for equal treatment — and non-LGBTQ persons can take the time to listen.
You can get even more involved by emailing your senator or becoming a community co-sponsor. Different activities allow all supporters to find a level of involvement that works for them.
Why is the Equality Act Gaining Support?
While some states have protections in place to protect LGBTQ individuals against discrimination in housing, employment, and other areas, such protections are hardly universal. Most states don’t have any protections whatsoever, while others have extensive exceptions that limit protections.
Passing the Equality Act ultimately aims to ensure that the LGBTQ community is protected from such actions, no matter where they live.
If you want to make a difference alongside our staff at OneEighty, take some time to learn more about the Equality Act and get involved in your community. You can make a difference for people in Ohio and across the country.