I would like to share with you The Pledge for Full LGBT Equality.
The Equality Pledge is an historic document reflecting the first time the LGBT community has joined in calling for full federal equality by a date certain: 2014 – the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The pledge details exactly what full federal equality entails, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to all existing federal nondiscrimination laws, and also calls for a federal marriage nondiscrimination law to protect our right to marry nationwide.
Already endorsed by 80 diverse organizations from 21 states & D.C., the Equality Pledge is further buttressed by Mayoral Proclamations across the country calling for full LGBT civil rights, including openly gay Mayor Heilman of West Hollywood and Mayor Parker of Houston. The pledge also stands on the shoulders of the 250,000 people at the National Equality March in 2009 who marched for “full federal equality” and the Grand Central Die-In protest in NYC that called for “civil rights now”.
The Equality Pledge is presented in this New Year’s day article in Huffington Post, which contains more information, movement context and rationale for this historic moment in our movement’s history.
Activists and organizations all over the nation are now uniting to call the question: Do you support LGBT Equality, or not? And with this, we will reach all the states in need of help, and create a national conversation that will finally root out and heal the homo/transphobia in America to make it safe for all of us to live and love wherever we are.
Each equality organization is now invited to add their voice by endorsing the Equality Pledge. There is a formal Board Proposal document available here that provides more background and contact information. And group endorsements can be made via the pledge website or directly here.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Richard Noble, Palm Springs CA 92264
PLEDGE OUTREACH TEAM
ENDORSE AND TAKE THE EQUALITY PLEDGE HERE: Click on the link.
IN ORDER TO FULFILL the promises of life and liberty, and to ensure equal protection of the law as guaranteed by the United States Constitution;
TO PROTECT the inalienable human right to be safe from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as required by international law and treaty; and
TO END the systemic stigmatization, cease the societal rejection and heal the suffering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans as mandated by conscience;
WE, the undersigned, pledge our support for the passage of omnibus LGBT equality legislation that grants full non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity equal to those accorded other statuses under existing civil rights laws and Supreme Court jurisprudence, specifically including:
Public Accommodations (Title II, 1964 Civil Rights Act)(e.g., restaurants, hotels, theaters)
Public Facilities (Title III, 1964 Civil Rights Act) (e.g., courthouses, jails, hospitals, parks)
Federally-Funded Programs (Title VI, 1964 Civil Rights Act) (e.g., adoption, police, schools, homeless youth, health care)
Employment (Title VII, 1964 Civil Rights Act; 1978 Civil Service Reform Act; 1991 Government Employee Rights Act; 1995 Congressional Accountability Act; 10 U.S.C. Ch. 37) (e.g., civilian and military government, private sector)
Housing (Title VIII, 1968 Civil Rights Act, aka the Fair Housing Act) (e.g., rental, purchase, finance)
Education (Title IX, 1972 Education Amendments Act) (e.g., schools, bullying)
Credit (1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act) (e.g., credit cards)
Federal Marriage Equality (based on gender, SO) (e.g., 1967 Supreme Court Decision, Loving v. Virginia)
Immigration, Disability, and Family Leave (Uniting American Families Act (proposed), the American With Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act)
We call upon the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to lead the way by filing an omnibus LGBT equality bill immediately that includes all of the provisions enumerated above.
We further call upon Congress, and all candidates for elected office, to sign this pledge to pass such omnibus LGBT equality legislation immediately, but no later than 2014 — the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — fulfilling both their individual duty and that of the United States government to ensure justice, equality, and fundamental human rights protections for all Americans.