Actress Sally Field has teamed up with her gay son Sam Greisman to lobby for legislation that would provide protections LGBTIQ people from discrimination across the US.
The pair appear as part of a star-studded new Human Rights Campaign video series backing the Equality Act, a bill that is currently before the US Congress that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity across all 50 states.
While the law is expected to pass through the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, it will likely face opposition in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 10-seat majority.
“This is change that isn’t just about the government, it would be the government making such an important move to change how people think altogether, minds and hearts,” Field explains in the video.
“As long as I am upright, I will fight for this to be, so that Sam, and everyone’s children and grandchildren and sisters and brothers, will be protected in every single one of the United States.”
Greisman explains that the Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTIQ people across the country, including those in the 30 US states with no laws protecting LGBTIQ people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“If I or any other LGBTQ person got in their car and drove from LA, where I am now, to DC, their rights could change depending on what states they drove through,” he said.
“We need all of Congress to support this because I think it sends a huge message to feel that you’re safe and you’re not less than.
“Letting those kids know that their rights are the same as everybody else, and they shouldn’t be discriminated against based on who they are and who they love.”
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