March 13, 2017
Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution today urging Congress to introduce and adopt “The Equality Act,” which would grant equal protection to LGBTQ residents across the United States. Currently, individual states are able to deny access to housing, employment, education, public accommodations, and more because of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The Equality Act would set a national standard that fully prohibits discrimination under the law based on gender identity or expression.
Resolution 31738 is sponsored by Councilmember Lisa Herbold and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Bruce Harrell, Mike O’Brien, and Lorena González. The legislation was developed in partnership with LGBTQ Allyship, the Gender Justice League, Seattle LGBTQ Commissioners, and LGBTQ equality advocate Richard Noble.
The resolution adopted today states, “we find that federal laws that fully prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression are essential to furthering the well-being of the residents of and visitors to Seattle.”
Councilmember Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) said, “As a former civil rights attorney, I stood by people who challenged all forms of discrimination. The Equality Act is not only needed, it is long overdue. People across the country deserve to live as their full selves and without fear of discrimination. We call upon our Congressional representatives to ensure that the letter of the law matches our long-held values of equity, fairness and opportunity.”