Congressional Hispanic Caucus Endorses Equality Act
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) endorsed the Equality Act, introduced by LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Chair David Cicilline (RI-01). The bill prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in areas such as employment, education, housing, credit, the jury system, public accommodations and facilities, and federal funding. 29 states across America still lack comprehensive statewide laws against LGBTQ discrimination, leaving large gaps in LGBTQ protections. Following the endorsement, CHC Chairman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) released the statement below.
“In accordance with our vision and commitment to end discrimination in all forms, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is proud to endorse the Equality Act,” said Chairman Ruiz. “Every person should have a fair chance to access resources and essential services without fear of harassment or discrimination. We must pass Equality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in key areas of life, including employment, education, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations, and federal funding.”
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.