The “Americans for the Equality Act” series features film and television actors, professional athletes, digital influencers and musicians calling on Congress to advance historic, bipartisan legislation that would finally ensure LGBTQ people are protected under our nation’s civil rights laws
WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a new video from HRC’s Americans for the Equality Act campaign featuringKaramo Brown. In the new video, Brown shares why it's critically important for Congress to advance the Equality Act — bipartisan legislation that would finally extend clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections to millions of LGBTQ people nationwide. First launched in March, HRC’s Americans for the Equality Act series is filmed by award-winning directorsDustin Lance Black and Paris Barclay and has so far featured Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field and her son Sam Greisman, transgender singer and songwriter Shea Diamond, actress Justina Machado, and U.S. Olympian Adam Rippon.
WATCH: Karamo Brown Is An American for the Equality Act
“For countless people in this country and around the world, Karamo Brown is an inspiring role model and a powerful advocate for positive change,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “From his role on Queer Eye to his leadership in uplifting and empowering LGBTQ youth of color, Karamo is opening hearts and minds and working with compassion to better the lives of millions. We are grateful to Karamo for joining us in the fight for full federal equality and highlighting the urgent need for Congress to pass the Equality Act.”
“So much of the progress of the LGBTQ movement has hinged on our ability to tell our stories and move people — and that’s the same spirit with which we’ve approached this compelling project,” said Emmy Award-winning director Paris Barclaywhen the campaign launched last month.
“Every American deserves a fair shot at a job to support themselves and their family, and the security of a roof over their head. These are key ingredients in what we’ve long cherished as our ‘American Dream.’” said Academy Award-winning directorDustin Lance Black. “But until the Equality Act is signed into law, this dream may not be a reality for far too many Americans in many areas of our wild and wonderful country.”
Currently, 50 percent of LGBTQ Americans live in one of the 30 states without statewide legal non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people — leaving millions at risk of being fired, denied housing or refused service simply because of who they are or whom they love. The Equality Act would guarantee existing civil rights laws apply to LGBTQ people by providing clear, consistent non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally-funded programs and jury service.
Reintroduced in Congress on March 13, the Equality Act has growing unprecedented support, including from nearly 70 percent of Americans, hundreds of members of Congress, more than 190 major businesses and more than 350 social justice, religious, medical and child welfare organizations. Recent polling finds that a growing majority of Americans support federal non-discrimination protections and LGBTQ equality. A recent survey by PRRI found that nearly seven in 10 Americans support laws like the Equality Act, including majorities in every single state and majorities of Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike.
Over the coming weeks, HRC will roll out additional videos in the Americans for the Equality Act series featuring a powerhouse lineup of supportive film and television actors, influencers, musicians and professional athletes, includingAlexandra Billings, Charlie and Max Carver, Paris and Christopher Barclay, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Marcia Gay Harden and Nyle DiMarco. The Americans for the Equality Act series is modeled after HRC’s successful Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organizations working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.