Members of the LGBTQ+ community have been denied equal protections under the law for far too long. In 1982, Wisconsin passed the country's first law preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation, but that didn't include gender identity. 40 years later, there is still no federal law preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In 27 states, there are no explicit laws at all protecting people from discrimination of this type in employment, housing, or public accommodations. The Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay and transgender workers, but there needs to be specific legislation protecting LGBTQ+ individuals. We need to do better.
This is why Peter supports the Equality Act, one that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. In the Senate, Peter will fight to get this act passed and expand protections for those in the LGBTQ+ community, because no one should be punished for being themselves.