Thoughts on the New Equality Act

By Lorena Grajales, Editor-in-Chief

On Thursday, Feb. 25, the Equality Act was passed by the House of Representatives, outlawing any form of discrimination against individuals based on preferred gender identity or sexual orientation. The civil rights safeguard for the LGBTQ+ community was not welcomed by everyone, as hundreds and thousands expressed their negative response on social media.

The act ignited a fierce war behind the screen between supporters and those against. Some expressed their anger with hateful comments such as, “this is a disgrace” and “this is wrong in so many ways. I can’t believe where we are headed, this should never have happened.”

Although I am not part of the LGBTQ+ community, comments like these make me wonder ‘what is so criminal about treating everyone with civility?’ Why are there thousands of people apposed to the fact that a group of people can no longer be discriminated against and hated on? To me, this seems a little bit ironic, because it is these same people who not too long ago were raging that ‘all lives matter.’ So, which is it going to be?

I am relieved to see that the leader of our country stepped forward to express his support regarding the act, as a serious and well-rounded president should. Under no circumstance should a president ever advocate for the toleration of discrimination of any group in America. “Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all,” Joe Biden said in a White House press briefing.

Regardless of your stance on the LGBTQ+ community, I believe treating each other with decency and humanity is a base we should solidify and build, not deter. Although it is upsetting to know that there are laws that are needed to prevent discrimination in the first place, I envision a bright future as new concepts of justice emerge.

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