Press Release

AFT's Weingarten on the Introduction of the Equality Act

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Contact:

Michael Heenan
202/585-4371; Cell:202/577-3941
mheenan@aft.org

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the introduction of the Equality Act:

"Every morning, many of us pledge allegiance to our flag—and that pledge ends "with liberty and justice for all." We cannot settle for anything less than full equality for all people, particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, who for too long have faced discrimination and violence just for being who they are.

"We are making progress, but there is more work to do in our fight for full equality. From talking with LGBT educators, nurses, other healthcare workers and public service workers throughout the country, and as a gay woman myself, I know the importance of ensuring that there are comprehensive federal nondiscrimination protections in place.

"In the absence of these protections, same-sex couples who now have the right to marry in their home states will still be at risk of being fired from their jobs or evicted from their apartments without cause. The AFT commends Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) for his leadership in introducing the Equality Act and working to prevent these discriminatory acts."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.