Lara’s Historic LGBTQ Bill of Rights Resolution Clears Assembly

August 08, 2012

Resolution calling on President and Congress to include “sexual orientation, gender identity” in landmark federal anti-discrimination laws is now headed to the Senate

SACRAMENTO – In a historic call to action, today Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) successfully advanced AJR 43 out of the Assembly, moving the California Legislature a step closer in declaring that ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’ should be included alongside ‘race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age and religion’ in all federal anti-discrimination laws.  AJR 43 passed out of the Assembly on an 52 to 18 vote.

“Because of a lack of protections at the federal level, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans are at the mercy of state laws that can either protect them, or target them for further discrimination.  As a result, every day millions of LGBTQ individuals live in fear that they could be legally fired from their job, could be denied time off of work to care for an ailing partner, or be bullied or harassed at school simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  AJR 43 is an urgent call for justice to the President of the United States and Congress to take immediate action to provide comprehensive, federal protections for the LGBTQ population,” said Lara.

AJR 43, sponsored by Bienestar Human Services, Inc, (BIENESTAR), brings the issue of equal rights for LGBTQ individuals to the forefront of American consciousness.  Currently most federal anti-discrimination laws withhold equal status and parity for LGBT individuals, which deny this population many basic and fundamental protections and benefits.

“Including sexual orientation and gender identity in all federal anti-discrimination laws will enhance the health, social and economic well-being of LGBTQ Americans.  We are grateful Assembly Member Lara is leading the charge on behalf of the LGBTQ population and is urgently calling for justice for all Americans,” said Oscar De La O, Executive Director of BIENESTAR.

Once passed, the President of the United States, each United States Senator and Representative, and each presiding officer of each house of each state legislature of the across our nation will receive a copy of the resolution.

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Asm. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) represents the 50th Assembly District; he serves as Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and Chair of the Select Committee on Financial Empowerment. He is member of Appropriations, Banking and Finance, Higher Education, and Water, Parks and Wildlife Committees as well as the LGBT Caucus. http://asmdc.org/members/a50/

Bienestar Human Services, Inc., one of the largest Latino community-based organizations in the United States addresses the social services, health promotion, and social justice issues of Latinos. Since 1989, BIENESTAR has been committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the Latino community and other underserved communities in Southern California. Visit www.BIENESTAR.org for additional information.