The Equality Act

The Equality Act is an historic milestone passed by Congress recognizing LGBTQ individuals have been subjected to pervasive discrimination. The Equality Act bans discrimination against LGBTQ parents and youth in foster care and adoption by outlawing discrimination in federal funding and public accommodations. Child welfare agencies are prohibited from considering a prospective foster parents’ sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex when making placement decisions. Whether through foster care, adoption, or surrogacy, individuals of all sexual orientations are free to take part in the privileges enjoyed by all parents.

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