Happy National Coming Out Day!
This week has been a bit of a rollercoaster - a combination of frustration and celebration as LGBTQ+ equality is continuing to be debated.
Monday, the Overland Park, KS city council passed legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender expression. The ordinance prevents residents and employees from being denied employment, housing, or services from businesses.
Tuesday, three cases were heard by the Supreme Court asking for a ruling to decide whether or not Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ+ people from employment and housing discrimination. It could be June of 2020 before a ruling is made.
Meanwhile, back in May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bi-partisan Equality Act, a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Act to "prohibit discrimination on the basis of the sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition of an individual, as well as because of sex-based stereotypes."
The U.S. Senate received the bill for consideration May 20th, no news yet about a Senate vote. The bill is currently in committee.
Last night on CNN, was the first LGBTQ+ Presidential Town Hall. For the first time, candidates who are running for President of the United States spoke about LGBTQ+ issues. I didn’t realize how many of my own questions had never been addressed by a candidate until last night.
New city legislation, Supreme Court cases, and a Presidential Town Hall seem like enough, right? Well, there’s more! Today is National Coming Out Day, an opportunity to honor the Coming Out experience in all its various forms.
It has been a roller coaster week.
While it is stressful and frustrating to see my rights debated on a national scale, I am reassured by the courage of everyone who continues to live and love out loud. I am reassured by the outpouring of support from straight allies. Whenever I'm feeling afraid, I don't have to reach far to find love.
Wherever you are right now, know that you are loved.
See you Sunday,