Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Institute — the only national organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ elected officials — applauded the U.S. House for passing the Equality Act and called on U.S. senators not to filibuster the civil rights legislation. Out LGBTQ U.S. Representative David Cicilline introduced the Equality Act and all nine out LGBTQ U.S. House members voted to support it.
This is the second time the Equality Act has passed the U.S. House — the first time being in May 2019. After the first passage, Senator Mitch McConnell refused to put it forward for a vote.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute, released the following statement about its passage:
"This is a defining moment in our nation's political history and soon U.S. senators will decide their legacy on equality for LGBTQ people. History is not kind to those who oppose or filibuster civil rights legislation and excuses won't pass muster with future generations. An overwhelming number of Americans support the Equality Act — including a majority of Republicans — and today the U.S. House voted for the will of the people. It is imperative senators be given that same opportunity to vote and understand that the history books will remember their decision."
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LGBTQ Victory Institute works to achieve and sustain global equality through leadership development, training, and convening to increase the number, expand the diversity, and ensure the success of openly LGBTQ elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.