Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Protections will be included in U.S. House Rules for First Time Ever


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States House of Representatives has passed an historic rules package that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time in the legislative body's history. The package also ensures religious headgear can be worn in the House chamber.

“This is an historic moment for our country,” said David Stacy, Government Affairs Director for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.


“For the first time ever, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity will be banned in the House of Representatives," said Stacy. "This action to protect LGBTQ congressional employees from discrimination is the result of millions of Equality Voters going to the polls in November to ensure their voices were heard and demanding a Congress that looks like America.”


The new rules package was adopted yesterday as a pro-equality majority was sworn into the U.S. House. Speaker Pelosi has also announced that the Equality Act -- a bill to provide comprehensive federal protections for LGBTQ people and HRC’s top federal legislative priority -- will be a priority for the incoming Congress. Today, half of LGBTQ Americans still live in states without clear, comprehensive protections for LGBTQ people, leaving millions vulnerable to discrimination in housing, employment, and other arenas.



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