CONGRESSWOMAN JOHNSON STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5, THE EQUALITY ACT
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Dean of the Texas Congressional Delegation, released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“Despite the successes of the LGBTQ+ movement in recent years, millions of LGBTQ+ Americans – including many in Texas – are still left without legal protection from discrimination. Therefore, I am proud to announce that the House of Representatives has taken action to remedy this injustice by passing H.R. 5, the Equality Act, with my strong support,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “It is my hope that our renewed effort to pass this critical legislation will be met with enthusiasm in the Senate and the White House.
“As a Senior Member of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, I am committed to ensuring that the LGBTQ+ community in North Texas and across the country can live their lives without fear of discrimination or retaliation.”
The Equality Act provides explicit class protections from discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity at work and in the context of housing, credit, education, and jury service. It also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex in programs that receive federal funding and places of public accommodations. Finally, the bill expands the list of protected places of public accommodations to include retail stores, transportation services like airports, taxis and bus stations, and service providers like accountants, for all protected characteristics.