The US House of Representatives passed the Equality Act on Friday. The act will ban discrimination against LGBTQ PLUS individuals in the areas of health care, housing, credit, school, and public areas.
The Equality Act is a massive advancement for members of the LGBTQ PLUS community, as this act will serve to protect LGBTQ PLUS Americans from various forms of discrimination legally.
According to Lasia Casil, the co-founder of Equality Guam and founder of Guam Pride, The Equality Act will amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, disallowing peoples’ discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in the areas of health care, public education, housing, credit, and more.
Lasia, a long-time advocate for LGBTQ PLUS rights in Guam, hosted a virtual conference last weekend to nominate the board members of Equality Guam, with discussions of the Equality Act front and center as President Biden introduced the legislation within the first 100 days of his administration.
In an interview with Newstalk57’s Patti Arroyo, Casil expressed her excitement about the act’s passing. This advancement will echo Equality Guam’s main agenda, which aims to provide access to positive role models, organizations, and resources for our island’s youth and educators.
“One of the main focus of equality Guam is to make sure to reach out to educators. We want to support our youth and we want to make sure they get the resources they need to thrive. These LGBTQ organizations that are organized in our schools here, we want to make sure that they have access to positive role models here on island. So that is part of our agenda,” Casil said.
As the Equality Act heads off to the Senate, it will still need 60 Senate votes to become law. However, advocates like Lasia, remain hopeful of the Act becoming law, with President Biden in favor of its passage.