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Gay History - 1974: The Equality Act Introduced to Congress and We Are Still Waiting

Gay History – January 14 1974: Bella Abzug Introduces the First Equality Act to Congress

In 1974, gay activists in New York City were fighting to pass a city-wide gay rights ordinance. Then NY Representative to Congress Bella Abzug (pictured above), inspired by the emergence of the first national gay rights organization, the then newly formed National Gay Task Force (NGTF), had the idea to circumvent local homophobes by introducing federal legislation that would give gays and lesbians full FEDERAL equality under the law.

Enlisting the co-sponsorship of Ed Koch (D-NY), (the closeted New York Congressman who would go on to become the mayor of New York City), Abzug courageously introduced the Equality Act on  January 14th of 1974 — the first piece of federal legislation to address discrimination based on sexual orientation. The act would amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, marital status, or sexual orientation in public accommodations, public facilities, public education, federally assisted programs, housing, and financial services. Anticipating contemporary “hate crime” legislation, the act further stipulated penalties for anyone who willfully injured, intimidated, or interfered with a person on the basis of sex, marital status, or sexual orientation and empowered the U.S. Attorney General to take civil action against such discrimination

Of course it failed.

In 1975, the National Gay Task Force urged Abzug and Koch to try again. This time, the pair got twenty-four members of Congress (including themselves) to co-sponsor their proposed legislation: the Civil Rights Amendment of 1975. Bruce Voeller, director of the NGTF, along with NGTF national coordinator Nathalie Rockhill, organized a press conference on Capitol Hill, inviting prestigious organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Organization for Women (NOW), to attend. Rockhill was slated to introduce Congresswoman Abzug, who would then explain the bill to the press. The Civil Rights Amendment of 1975, Abzug explained as she spoke into the microphone, would extend the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 to protect gays and lesbians in all of the areas covered by the proposed Equality Act of 1974; and like the Equality Act, the amendment would penalize anyone who discriminated against someone on the basis of their sexual orientation.

And once again the bill did not pass.

Beginning in the 1990’s, Congressional efforts shifted to the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). More narrow in scope than the Equality Act, ENDA would prohibit discrimination in hiring practices and employment on the basis of sexual orientation and, in some versions of the bill, gender identity without amending the Civil Rights Act. In 1994, ENDA was introduced in the House by Congressman Gerry Studds (D-MA) and in the Senate by Ted Kennedy (D-MA). Both times, the bill died in committee.

ENDA was introduced in every Congress since 1994 except the 109th. The bill gained its best chance at passing after the Democratic Party gained the majority after twelve years of Republican majorities in the 2006 midterm elections. In 2007, gender identity protections were added to the legislation for the first time. Some sponsors believed that even with a Democratic majority, ENDA did not have enough votes to pass the House of Representatives with transgender inclusion and it was dropped the bill, it was the closest that the bill ever got to passing,  ENDA passed the House and then died in the Senate. President George W. Bush threatened to veto the measure even if it did make it to his desk.

A trans-inclusive ENDA was again introduced again in 2009 by Frank in the House and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in the Senate, only to die in each chamber’s respective committee.

ENDA was introduced twice more by Merkley: in 2011, where it again stalled in committee and in 2013, where it passed the Senate with bipartisan support — including the backing of President Barack Obama — in a 64–32 vote only to then die in the Republican controlled House.

Some 45 years later Abzug’s “Equality Act” was reborn. This version, introduced on May 2nd, 2017, in the House by Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and in the Senate by Jeff Merkley, would go back to amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Jury Selection and Services Act, and laws regarding employment with the federal government to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories. .

Now once again the Equality Act waits gathering dust while LGBT Americans in 30 states have no civil protections at all.

48 years later.

Shameful.

LGBT Hate Group Uses Manchin And Sinema to Raise Money AGAINST The Senate Filibuster Battle and The Equality Act

LGBT Hate Group Uses Manchin And Sinema to Raise Money AGAINST The Senate Filibuster Battle and The Equality Act

 Via email blast from the notorious anti-LGBT hate group leader Brian Brown:

Last week I reported that President Joe Biden had privately committed to Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he favored blowing up the Senate filibuster rule that has blocked much of his agenda from advancing – including the disastrous Equality Act.

Further, he told them he would make calls to “centrist” Democrat Senators to push to break the filibuster. Now yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News Channel’s Maria Bartiromo’s show to say that the filibuster rule and thus the future of the country came down to two Senators – Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Krysten Sinema of Arizona.

We’ve been able to stop the Equality Act from passing largely because of the Senate filibuster rule and our enormous grassroots mobilization which has delivered over 2 million messages to members of the Senate from Americans opposed to the legislation.

But with so much on the line and our fate resting in the hands of just two Senators, we’ve really got to ramp up our opposition. That’s why we’re asking every NOM supporter for financial help now so that we can increase the level of our opposition campaign, especially in Arizona and West Virginia. Please help us today.

We need to buttress our opposition to the Equality Act with all Senators, but especially so with Krysten Sinema in Arizona and Joe Manchin in West Virginia. Our team is putting in place plans right now to do just that, but we need your help to execute on these plans

Even if you have already contributed to NOM this year, I ask that you act right away to help NOM increase our grassroots efforts to stop the Equality Act from passing. We are in an escalating battle. We need to act now while we can still prevail.

Hey Manchin! Hey Sinema! The extremist right wing is fundraising in support of you. Still think you’re not dancing on GQP puppet strings and the Democratic parties’ grave?

Because we do.

Michigan LGBT Rights Ballot Initiative Falls Short Of Signatures Needed

Michigan LGBT Rights Ballot Initiative Falls Short Of Signatures Needed

The Michigan elections bureau has determined that Fair and Equal Michigan gathered nearly 299,000 signatures, short of the roughly 340,000 needed for a ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBT Michiganders according to a report released Thursday. 

Election staffers ruled many ineligible because the signers were not registered voters or there were address, date or others errors. The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers will meet Tuesday to consider a recommendation to not certify the initiative.

“The Bureau of Elections threw out thousands of signatures that are valid and we will fight for every valid signature so no voters are disenfranchised,” said Josh Hovey, spokesman for Fair and Equal Michigan.

Michigan is one of 27 states without LGBT housing, employment. and accommodation protections.

In 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a landmark federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from employment discrimination but did not cover the other main tenets in the LGBT discrimination issues facing American’s

For the 40 years the Equality Act or some version of it has been introduced into Congress and it still has not passed that would add LGBT protections to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Our community needs to focus on getting the Equality Act passed once and for all because once that happens many of the other minor issues we keep getting hung up on will dissipate also.

Self-loathing "Ex-Gays" To Lobby Congress Against The Equality Act

Self-loathing “Ex-Gays” To Lobby Congress Against The Equality Act

Via a press release from the very un-christian, Christian Newswire::

“Formers” (those who no longer identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning) representing every state in the Union have selected 15 Former LGBTQ people to travel to Washington, D.C. October 28 – November 1 to address concerns about LGBTQ-focused legislation such as bill H.R. 5, which passed in the House in May.

Although dubbed “The Equality Act,” Formers understand the bill is an unnecessary concession to the false idea that members of the gay community are marginalized. In fact, LGBTQ-identifying people have always had options in how they participate in broader culture. Nothing constrains them from participating in culture on a normal level.

Unlike with the African American community, who have centuries of culturally driven abuse and forced destabilization, those who identify as LGBTQ have been empowered in our modern society as scientists, literary giants, and even politicians when they have chosen not to prioritize their sexual mores.

America does not need anti-discrimination laws or bans against treatment for those seeking to live out their faith biblically; we need a renewed belief in the dignity and beauty of all of humanity in its diversity. America CAN model for the world what it looks like to value one another despite our differences without government intrusion or enforcement.

For Formers, bills like H.R. 5 block our rights to follow our own convictions. It enforces the false belief that one cannot change and that one has no choice but to embrace LGBTQ identity and behaviors.

So 15 Former LGBTQ people will travel to Washington, D.C. October 28 – November 1.

We’ll be sure to check GRINDR and SCRUFF for their arrival.

Gay Republican HomoCONS Petition Mitch McConnell to Block The Equality Act

Gay Republican HomoCONS Petition Mitch McConnell to Block The Equality Act

Former Log Cabin Republicans president Gregory Angelo, Chadwick “Media Whore” Moore and a gaggle of other self-serving and self-loathing gay quislings have launched apetition to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell which demands that he refuse to allow a vote on the Equality Act. 

“We, the undersigned members of the gay community, formally ask that Leader McConnell never bring the Equality Act up for a vote in the United States Senate. While discrimination against LGBT Americans is wrong, and while legislation protecting against discrimination may yet be possible in the future, the Equality Act is so flawed and problematic that it should not be considered by the United States Senate.”

Liberty Counsel Hate Group LIES That Marriage Bill Will Legalize Pedophilia, Polygamy, Incest, “And Other Perversions”

Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver: The Equality Act “Opens Door To Pedophilia”

Despite the proven fact that the vast majority of pedophiles and child molesters are in fact, heterosexual males. Mat Staver of the anti-gay “Christian” law group the Liberty Counsel has spit out the false propaganda statement that gay men and pedophilia are connected that dates back to the 1960’s to attack the Equality Act that will amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to provide employment, housing, and public accommodation protections to the GLBT community that everyone else, including religions have in the United States.


“If the so-called H.R. 5 Equality Act is passed, it will open the door to pedophilia. That’s right. There’s a huge danger in so many areas, but this is also one. We’re going to be talking about it on Faith and Freedom. I’m Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. Joining me is Holly Meade, the director of communications for Liberty Counsel. Linda Harvey wrote an article. It says, ‘Equality Act opens back door to pedophilia.’ And she begins by saying, ‘Jason is 13 and wants to date his 21 year old student teacher.’ If the LGBT Equality Act passes through Congress, the age of consent barrier may fall and allow him to do so.” – Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver

Other than the fact that the Equality Act has absolutely NOTHING to do with the age of consent laws in this country. Staver seems to forget that the door to pedophilia is located on the front of the Vatican, and your Catholic church.

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Linda Harvey of Mission America: "Democrat's Equality Act Opens The Door to Legalized Pedophilia."

Hate Frau Linda Harvey of Mission America: “Democrat’s Equality Act Opens The Door to Legalized Pedophilia.”

Demented Columbus, Ohio hate-frau Linda Harvey of the D-List LGBT hate group Mission:America spouts some serious anti-gay propaganda in her latest piece of shit on LIFE SITE:

Perhaps by now you’ve heard of the so-called “Equality Act,” a sweeping bill that would declare homosexuality and gender confusion to be federal civil rights equivalent to race, religion, national origin, biological sex, and so on.

This wicked bill, H.R. 5, right now has 240 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Nancy Pelosi has pledged to bring it up for a vote in late spring or early summer

The way the bill is written prompts many concerns. H.R. 5 lacks any religious exemption, for one. So watch for announcement of a “compromise” to add accommodation for religious faith. This “deal” is already supported by  misinformed Christian groups like the NAE (National Association of Evangelicals). Weak Republicans will welcome the exemption cover and jump on board. These exemptions would be ignored as “LGBT” bullies continue to steamroll any attempt to obstruct their agenda.

We cannot let this bill go forward because it may enable pederasty/pedophilia.

How? This horrific result won’t come through a new definition of “sexual orientation.” The bill now defines sexual orientation as “homosexuality, heterosexuality, and bisexuality.” An atrocious revision that includes alleged “born-that-way” pedophilia is probably coming, but not in this bill, and not right away

Remember hearing the slogan “No one can choose who they love!”? What happens when 13- year-old Jason “likes” his 21-year-old male student-teacher — who just happens to “like” him back? You may be thinking, “But civil protections barring adult-child sex will still be securely in place.”

Really? Think again.

The young boys now parading before cameras on Good Morning America, at “pride” parades, even at a bar in Lancaster, Ohio, dressing as females and giving paid performances for adults — this is all a warm-up, calculated or not. There’s no specific law banning this behavior, although a case can probably be made by lawmakers who care enough to do so for child corruption. I’m hoping in my home state of Ohio that happens soon.

But don’t you know that under H.R. 5, boys who are 11 will have the “right” to say, “I can interact with adults however I want because I identify as a female performer”? All it will take to morph this into a “right” for a minor child to have sex with an adult is a carefully chosen court case, and a challenge to age of consent will be launched.

The chosen “partner” may be a teacher.

Will the NEA mount a defense of its union member’s right to date a child? Probably.

Age of consent for homosexual behavior is poised to fall.  All the chess pieces are in place, and all “LGBT” activists need is for H.R. 5 to pass and then the weak-willed Senate to go along — for “compassion”— and certainly we can expect Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski to do their part to aid depravity.

And then what if Trump, in a moment of compromise (possibly encouraged by his ill-informed daughter) — would sign it?

We cannot let this happen.

If you think this can’t happen, then sit back and do nothing. But I am hoping that, like me, you are gravely concerned, and that you call every congressional representative in your state, including the Democrats. Tell them you will remember if they allow this deviant behavior to be legalized as a civil right. “

Fucking craaaaaaaaaazy bitch.

This is what we are up against. Crazy over-zealous religious bigots that will say and do anything to stop us from getting our civil rights.

Lets us not take the moral high ground and allow such bile and lies to be spilled without fighting back. Since the Stonewall riots hundreds of thousands of LGBT American have died without having the full federal civil rights and protections that all other American citizens have.

We must not only fight for our own rights, but we must also for the memory of those who are no longer with us who suffered at the hands of bigotry and hatred and were not protected in the past.

“They started telling me about the incident, a shooting... And then I go on to find out it’s a gay bar. I got scared, ‘Shit, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, phew… I am a conservative Republican.”

Family Research Council: The Equality Act Is Not Needed Since Gays Can Become Straight

Via the very un-christian, Christian Post:


The truth is, “sexual orientation” is a multi-faceted concept, involving a combination of attractions, behaviors, and personal identity. These four studies all demonstrate that significant change in each of the elements of sexual orientation is possible.


The percentage changing from homosexuality to heterosexuality ranged from 13% to 53% (while the percentage changing from heterosexuality to homosexuality ranged only from 1% to 12%). In one survey of “same-sex attracted respondents,” up to 38% of men and 53% of women “changed to heterosexuality” in only a six-year period.


In light of this evidence, the public would be wise to question whether the efforts of the LGBT movement to ride on the coat-tails of “civil rights” can any longer be justified. Indeed, the science shows that the evidence for immutability—on which many have relied to argue for such legislation—simply isn’t there. If Congress truly wants to pursue “evidence-based” policy, it will reject the “Equality Act” and its deceptive premise. – Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council

And Christians could become non-Christians. Why protect them under the 1964 Civil Rights Act?

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FRC's Tony Perkins: Tony Perkins: The Equality Act Would Make LGBT Citizens “The Most Protected Class In America”

FRC’s Tony Perkins: The Equality Act Would Make LGBT Citizens “The Most Protected Class In America”

Via press release from Family Research Council hate group leader Tony Perkins:

It wasn’t enough that House Democrats put the transgender pride flag outside their offices — now they’re trying to plant one in U.S. law too. If you like the idea of your daughter changing in front of a teenage boy, financing your employees’ sex changes, abolishing girls’ sports, and getting fired for using the wrong pronoun, then boy, does Speaker Nancy Pelosi have the bill for you.

Liberals call it the Equality Act, but as yesterday’s hearing made quite clear, the only equal thing about it is how much damage it does to every facet of American life. Democrats will insist this is about ending discrimination, when it’s really about punishing anyone who disagrees with their fanatical LGBT agenda. For liberals like Pelosi, this is the ultimate prize after years of feigning concern for things like freedom and conscience.

Once the Left gets its hands on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the nine other laws this bill would rewrite, gender identity and sexual orientation will be the most protected classes in America. Gone would be the centuries of religious liberty, open debate, and free speech. As far as the Left is concerned, those are just the price of “tolerance.”

Perkins forget to mention that “religion” is also protected under the 1964 Equality Act so even “faux Christians” like himself and his “faux Christian” hate group are covered and protected.

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Joe Manchin The Only Dem Congressman NOT Backing The Equality Act Says It Would Overrides “Local Control”

Joe Manchin The Only Dem Congressman NOT Backing The Equality Act Says It Would Override “Local Control”

Politico reports:

The West Virginia senator, perhaps the most conservative Democrat in Congress, said that he believes the bill should allow more local control after talking to officials in his state. The bill extends federal protections to people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“I am not convinced that the Equality Act as written provides sufficient guidance to the local officials who will be responsible for implementing it, particularly with respect to students transitioning between genders in public schools.”

The West Virginia Democratic Party was unenthused by Manchin’s remarks. In a statement, the party said “we simply cannot allow West Virginia to deny equality and protections for our LGBT community.”

Manchin in the past voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and he backed the Defense of Marriage Act. Overall, he’s rated the most conservative Republican Democrat elected to the 116th senate.

And yes Joe, the Equality Act WILL override local laws. Just like the Civil Rights Act told every “local” Mississippi town that anyone can ride anywhere on the bus and local Jim Crow laws were abolished..

*CORRECTION:
There’s is one other House Democrat who doesn’t support The Equality Act and that is Dan Lipinski of Illinois. Lipinski’s former primary challenger, Marie Newman, said. “Once again, he’s bucking the Democratic Party to stand against equality, something he’s done consistently throughout his 14 years in Congress.”