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Samira Wiley’s dad turned up to Congress to argue for LGBT+ rights

The father of Orange is the New Black star Samira Wiley made a surprise appearance before Congress to argue for his lesbian daughter’s rights. Dennis W. Wiley, an LGBT-inclusive church pastor, appeared before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Tuesday (April 2) to speak in support of the Equality Act, which would extend civil rights laws to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Samira Wiley’s dad called on Congress to pass LGBT+ protections The pastor, whose DC-based Covenant Baptist United Church was one of the first...
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Lawmaker shares heartwarming story of her gender non-conforming child

American lawmaker Pramila Jayapal has shared her heartwarming story of having a “beautiful” gender non-conforming child at a hearing for the Equality Act. Democratic politician Jayapal told a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Equality Act on Tuesday (April 2) about how her child came out to her as gender non-conforming in 2018. “My beautiful, now-22 year old child told me last year that they were gender non-conforming,” said the lawmaker. “And over the last year, I have come to understand from a deeply personal mother’s perspective. “I came to...
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Congress held the first hearing on the Equality Act. Republicans made it all about trans people.

Many of the Republicans' objections to banning LGBTQ discrimination had to do with transgender women. https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/04/congress-held-first-hearing-equality-act-republicans-made-trans-people/...
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GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz Says He Can’t Support ‘Equality Act’ Because Trump Could Then Declare Himself ‘the First Female President’ — WATCH

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told the House Judiciary Committee at the first-ever hearing of the LGBTQ ‘Equality Act’ that he can’t support the legislation because, among other things, it might allow Donald Trump to declare himself the “first female president.” Said Gaetz (via Crooks and Liars): “I want to support this legislation and in the broadest sense I do. I believe that individuals in our country should not face discrimination for their sex or their gender or their sexual orientation. … I very much want to support the legislation, but...
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House Judiciary Committee Holds First-Ever Hearing on LGBTQ ‘Equality Act’ – LIVE VIDEO

The House Judiciary Committee is holding the first-ever hearing on the Equality Act. The legislation would guarantee explicit protections for LGBT people under existing civil rights laws. 180 businesses have joined the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. It’s backed by more than 330 statewide and national organizations adn has the support of 70 percent of Americans. Said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin: “No one should live in fear of discrimination or harassment because of who they are or whom they love. LGBTQ Americans still face...
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