June is Pride Month, and while we all can’t be together for parades and celebrations, this week was a historic week. This week, we celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to forbid workplace discrimination of our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors.
Prior to this decision, Tennesseans could be fired for being gay – our neighbors could lose their jobs just because of who they love. Tennessee was one of 27 states across the U.S. that did not prohibit this sort of discrimination.
Today, this is no longer true, but we still have more work to do. The rights of all citizens should be etched into law – not determined by five judges. Furthermore, members of the LGBTQ+ community can still face discrimination in housing, credit, healthcare, education, and more.
That’s why, in Congress, I’d support the Equality Act – affording LGBTQ+ people the same protections as everyone else. Each of us should have an opportunity to make a living & provide a home for our families – without fear of discrimination or harassment.