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Bonamici Celebrates Passage of Equality Act

February 25, 2021
Press Release
Legislation expands non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans nationwide


WASHINGTON, DC [02/25/2021] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Chair of the Education and Labor Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee, praised the House’s passage of the Equality Act, which will create nationwide protection from discrimination in housing, credit, and other areas for LGBTQ people.


“Our LGBTQ friends, neighbors, colleagues, and community members should not miss an educational opportunity, or be denied housing, credit, or health care because of who they are or who they love,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “I was proud to help pass the Oregon Equality Act when I was in the state legislature. The same arguments were made against it back in 2007 that some of our colleagues are making today. Those concerns did not come to pass. In fact, what happened? The law has brought dignity, security, and peace of mind to our LGBTQ community. It is long past time that LGBTQ Americans across the country have the same protections.    


“As the Chair of the Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee I have heard from students and workers who were discriminated against, and people who were deeply harmed by anti-gay and transphobic attacks. Today, I am thinking about the young trans people in Oregon and around the country who are bravely standing up for equality. We stand with you, and we will keep working to create a world where you are safe, free, and supported.”


Bonamici spoke in support of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, on the House floor. Video of her remarks can be found here


H.R. 5 will amend long-standing civil rights laws to clarify that prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sex include gender identity and sexual orientation.  


Bonamici has long been an advocate for LGTBQ rights and transgender youth. She led her colleagues in standing up for transgender students against attacks by former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. She has also worked to update the Older Americans Act to strengthen safeguards and increase resources for LGBT elders.