Cortez Masto Cosponsors Civil Rights Bill to Protect LGBTQ Americans
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in cosponsoring the Equality Act, comprehensive civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against members of the LGBTQ+ community in the areas of employment, education, credit, jury service, federal funding, housing, and public accommodations.
“LGBTQ+ Americans have fiercely fought for social and political equality for decades but continue to face discrimination in a host of areas. No American should be excluded from fair opportunities to obtain housing, education, employment, or anything else because of who they are or who they love. I’m proud to support the Equality Act, and I will continue to fight for the fundamental rights of communities in Nevada that face harmful and unjust barriers.”
Senator Cortez Masto is a strong advocate for LGBTQ+ rights for Nevadans. Last year, the senator supported legislation to direct the Department of State to continue its efforts in defending the human rights of LGBTQ people around the world. She also pushed for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure the LGBTQ+ community’s needs are understood and met during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the third time Senator Cortez Masto has cosponsored the Equality Act.
Specifically, the Equality Act would do the following:
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