New Jersey LGBTQ+ community joins fight for equal rights

JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Trump administration just made it clear that it does not support the house-passed Equality Bill – which would provide federal protections for LGBTQ+ members against discrimination at work, school and in public places.

The new bill expands the existing Civil Rights act protections for race and sex to also protect people against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway said that the president cannot support the bill passed by the house.

She didn’t give further explanation.

Trump’s current position is a clear change from his past position on amending the Equality Act back in 2000, where he said in an interview with advocate that amending the civil rights act would grant the same protection to gay people that is given to Americans is only fair.

Nationwide, stars like Taylor Swift have used their celebrity to defend LGBT community rights and the Equality Act.

At a PRIDE celebration in Jersey City over the weekend, community supporters say the Pride parade remains to be called a Pride march until a true and total equality law is passed.

“We’re still fighting to keep our rights,” says Rod Santiago. “we just hope to be vigilant about it, we just wanna remain equal, exact same rights as straight people do.”

“I would like to have a specific support and law that makes me feel important and also to make me feel equal, at the end of the day it’s all about equality,” says Enrico Mangalindan.

Members of the LGBTQ community in New Jersey believe the Pride march will continue, until threats and attacks against them stop and until their rights are federally protected in America.

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