(Chicago, IL) – Today, the House of Representatives, with a push from many newly elected representatives, passed the Equality Act of 2019.

“We are encouraged by today’s historic and long-awaited legislative victory for the Equality Act in the House,” said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO of Howard Brown Health. “This move shows that there is a chance for necessary protections at the federal level for LGBTQ people. We call on the Senate to follow and help secure protections for the LGBTQ community. Regardless of the outcome, Howard Brown will continue to provide compassionate and excellent services for all our patients.”

Originally proposed in 2010, the Equality Act is a huge step towards eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ people. Focusing on access to public accommodations, the Equality Act protects LGBTQ people when simply attempting to navigate daily life and care for themselves and their families. Notably, the authors recognize that LGBTQ people experience discrimination in spaces we occupy every day, “including restaurants, senior centers, stores, places of or establishments that provide entertainment, healthcare facilities, shelters, government offices, youth service providers including adoption and foster care providers, and transportation.” And, when discussing what this discrimination looks like, the Act states, “forms of discrimination include the exclusion and denial of entry, unequal of unfair treatment, harassment, and violence.”

Howard Brown Health knows that our patients, staff, and fellow community members have endured such mistreatment and violence simply for being themselves. Passage of the Equality Act in the U.S. House of Representatives provides hope for a future where LGBTQ people will be free from discrimination.

Howard Brown will continue to work on the local, state, and federal levels to stand with our patients and support measures that will help all LGBTQ people not only live, but thrive. Our providers and staff celebrate this next step and will uphold our mission to offer comprehensive services for our community.

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