New York -- Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, has issued a statement in response to the reintroduction of the Equality Act in the House. 

“Last year’s Supreme Court ruling was a key step forward for stronger legal protection of LGBTQ people in American history,” said Brandon Lorenz, national director of communications and public policy for Actors’ Equity Association. “Passing the Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in key areas of their lives. Equity strongly supports passage and we commend Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Cicilline and Senators Merkley, Baldwin and Booker for their leadership.” 

Equity joins many AFL-CIO affiliated unions in endorsing the Equality Act; nearly 95% of American union members belong to a union that supports LGBTQ rights. 

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA.  #EquityWorks

February 23, 2021