LGBTQ Rights Policy Analysis


  • Scott Coble


 This policy paper addresses the progress and setbacks in the struggle for LGBTQ rights in the United States, advocating for the passage of the Equality Act as an essential legal safeguard. Despite notable advancements, LGBTQ Americans continue to encounter systemic and interpersonal discrimination, particularly in employment, housing, and public spaces. Such discrimination is often entrenched in heterosexist and transphobic ideologies, creating pervasive inequities and mental health disparities. The Equality Act is presented as a critical response to these challenges, proposing comprehensive protections that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. By ensuring equal treatment in all facets of life, the Equality Act would support the mental and emotional health of LGBTQ individuals and symbolize a national commitment to equal rights. Its enactment would represent a milestone in the movement toward full civil rights for LGBTQ Americans, reflecting the country’s dedication to the principles of liberty and justice for all.