Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL-13)
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released a statement following House passage of H.R.5, the Equality Act, landmark LGBTQ+ civil rights legislation that would explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
The bill, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 224-206, has the support of President Biden who has pledged to make the legislation a priority within his first 100 days in office.
“What a wonderful day for fairness and justice!” said Rep. Crist. “I’m incredibly PROUD to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in America’s continued fight to forge a more perfect union. The Equality Act would extend critical civil rights protections to the LGBTQ+ community, enshrining in law what the vast majority of Americans know in their hearts – no one should be discriminated against because of who they are or whom they love.
“While I am disheartened by some of the hateful, anti-trans rhetoric by some of my colleagues over the past few days, it reminds us why this legislation is so important. Members of the LGBTQ+ community, especially trans, non-binary, and Black trans women, have heard this language and faced down this type of hate. The reality is, they still face the very real threat of discrimination from their boss, their landlord, their doctor, or their school. That’s not right. And under the Equality Act, my fellow Floridians’ values of fairness, dignity, and respect for their fellow human being will become the law of the land.
“Throughout our long history, America has not always gotten it right. We’ve not always treated others the way we would want to be treated. But it is our willingness to listen, learn, and make things right that undergirds America’s greatness. Civil rights are a hallmark of a fundamentally good nation. And I could not be more proud today to stand with the LGBTQ+ community on this historic day!”
The Equality Act first passed the House in May of 2019. Congressman Crist, a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, voted in support and is a co-sponsor of the legislation in the 117th Congress.