At the June 26 Cook County Board meeting, a final vote was taken to support the Equality Act Resolution. On a federal level, the Equality Act was passed by the U.S. House on June 20.
The Equality Act aims to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. It will also add needed federal protections in housing, employment and healthcare to millions LGBTQ Americans by amending the protected classes in several civil right laws to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."
This piece of legislation passed easily by Cook County Board members and serves as a signal that Cook County stands in support of equality for all.
Commissioner Britton was proud to have voted in support of the The Equality Act Resolution at each step. This resolution is so important because our children deserve a world free from discrimination in all its forms. In 30 states across the country, LGBTQ people are at risk of being fired from their jobs, refused housing, denied services and deprived of educational opportunities simply because of who they are and who they choose to love.