House Republicans unveil plan to protect LGBT rights
House Republicans are proposing a plan to help LGBT individuals and families in the aftermath of a deadly mass shooting in Orlando.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced Thursday that the House GOP bill, which would require businesses to provide equal access to people and groups, would also expand protections for people with disabilities and individuals with HIV.
The plan would include protections for LGBT Americans in federal employment and federal housing, as well as protections for transgender Americans in housing, health care, and the workplace.
The bill would also ensure protections for HIV-positive individuals in housing.
The legislation would require that the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department for Education, and local governments provide equal employment opportunities for LGBT people, as long as the protections do not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
“As we mourn the loss of life, this bipartisan bill is designed to protect our LGBT community from discrimination and violence,” said Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., chairman of the committee.
“It also gives us the tools to continue to improve our ability to protect those in need.”
Collins introduced the legislation during a press conference Thursday in the House Chamber.
“Our lives are not worth living in fear of discrimination, violence, or violence that can happen anywhere in this country,” Collins said.
“This bill is about building the kind of support that allows us to have a better chance of finding comfort and a better opportunity for those in our community.”
The proposal has support from the White House, which said in a statement that the bill “sets a new standard for fairness and dignity, and strengthens our ability and commitment to fight for our LGBTQ community.”