LGBTQ is an initialism standing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer or questioning those who are questioning their sexual identity.
“It’s been long enough. Discrimination against #LGBTQ people needs to end. We need the #EqualityAct to be federal law NOW. This is about respect. This is about pride,” tweeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat.
Introduced every year since 2015 by Democratic congressman David Cicilline — an openly gay House representative the bill was first passed in the House in 2019.
Republicans subsequently blocked it in the Senate, which at the time was under their control.
This time, the bill still faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where it was introduced Tuesday, as the Democrats need 60 votes – or at least 10 GOP defections given the current composition of the chamber – to bypass a filibuster.
U.S. President Joe Biden has made signing the Equality Act within his first 100 days in office a promise during his presidential campaign.