Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO of Children’s Minnesota, endorsed joining Human Rights Campaign Business Coalition of the Equality Act on behalf of Children’s Minnesota. There is pending federal legislation, “Equality Act” that would provide the same basic protections to LGBTQ people as are provided to other groups under federal law. The Act creates clear, consistent protections to:
- Prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment.
- Provides protections from discrimination in housing, credit and jury service.
- Prohibit discrimination in public spaces and services, and federal funding on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
While Minnesota law is more advanced than Federal, and Children’s Minnesota has strong equity practices in place with respect to this topic, we know that sweeping federal protections will advance equity and lend to healthier outcomes for the LGBTQ community.
The Human Rights Campaign launched a Business Coalition for the Equality Act in 2016 and has grown to hundreds of organizations endorsing the Act. Since the Act has been reintroduced in the recent months, there is renewed focus and interest for advocating for the passage of the Act.