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ADVISORY: CAP to Host Sen. Merkley, LGBT Advocates at Event Unveiling Major LGBT Nondiscrimination Report
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: CAP to Host Sen. Merkley, LGBT Advocates at Event Unveiling Major LGBT Nondiscrimination Report

Press Contacts

  • Tom Caiazza

Washington, D.C. — In roughly 30 states, it is still legal to fire, refuse housing, or deny service to Americans based solely on sexual orientation or gender identity. This discrimination causes disproportionate rates of homelessness, unemployment, poverty, and negative health outcomes within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, community. With marriage equality continuing its overwhelming success in courts across the country, the time is now to continue the conversation about ensuring basic protections for all Americans.

In an effort to shed light on this pervasive discrimination, the Center for American Progress will unveil a major report outlining discrimination against LGBT people in many facets of American life at an event on December 10, 2014, headlined by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the lead sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate. The report calls on the U.S. Congress to take a comprehensive approach to securing non-discrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodations, credit, and federal funding for LGBT Americans.

WHO:
Keynote speaker:
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Panelists:
Rep. Mark Takano (D- Calif.)
Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign
Rev. Delman Coates, Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church
Sarah McBride, CAP Special Assistant and co-author of the report

WHEN:
December 10, 9:30 a.m. ET – 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE:
Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005

Click here to RSVP

For more information, please contact Tom Caiazza at 202.481.7141 or tcaiazza@americanprogress.org.