FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 25, 2021
Fernanda Durand | (214) 402-0186 | [email protected]
Nancy Treviño | (786) 201-8958 | [email protected]
Critical legislation that would provide basic protections from discrimination to members of the LGBTQ+ community
CHICAGO – Alianza Americas and Presente.org applaud the passage of the Equality Act by the U.S. House of Representatives and urge the U.S. Senate to do the same. The bill, recently introduced by Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), amends existing civil rights laws to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workforce, housing, education, and other areas providing essential protections to members of LGBTQ+ communities.
The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org:
“We welcome the passage of this important piece of legislation that would provide much-needed protection against discrimination to members of the LGBTQ community based on who they are or who they love. Latinxs and immigrant members of the LGTBQ communities often face difficult barriers and persecution; this bill would provide basic protections for those living in the United States,” said Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“Presente.org and Alianza Americas are committed to ensuring the full human rights and dignity of those targeted by marginalization, violence, and oppression. The passage of the Equality Act will benefit not only members of the LGBTQ community but all of our society, ensuring more equitable treatment for all,” stated Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org.
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Build Power. Change Culture. ¡Stay Presente!