“Equal” Act Dies Due to Deadline

HB 230, Enhancing quality employment law, protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity dies due to deadline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2019

CHEYENNE, WY -- Wyoming Equality, the only statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization in Wyoming, released the following statement on behalf of Chair Kenneth Ingram:

“Tonight, the House reached a key legislative deadline in the 2019 session – all bills must have been reported out of the Committee of the Whole in House of Origin. Earlier today, Wyoming Equality dropped off hundreds of letters from Wyoming residents to Representatives in the hopes of HB230 being scheduled for a vote. It is disconcerting that even with an outpouring of emails, calls, and letters in recent weeks workplace equality legislation did not clear this procedural hurdle; and as a result, HB230 is dead.  

 

For our supporters, please know that we will not stop. We will not give up. We are committed to ensuring that all hardworking Wyomingites can share in the freedom to live and work without fear of discrimination. We’re especially inspired by the dozens of high school students who participated in GSA Civics Day on Friday. These LGBTQ and straight ally youth shared their stories and hope for a future free of discrimination with legislators. It’s because of their dedication Wyoming Equality commits today to expanding the conversation, strengthening our coalition and uniting the people of Wyoming behind the vision that all Wyomingites– gay or straight, transgender or cisgender – should receive equal treatment under the law.”


On Friday, February 1st, Wyoming Equality hosted its bi-annual Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Civics Day where students from GSA clubs across Wyoming are invited to learn about state government and civic engagement. GSAs are clubs dedicated to providing a safe, supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight ally students. GSA students spent their day at the Wyoming Supreme Court and Wyoming State Legislature to meet with judges, legislators, legislative staff, lobbyists, and other elected officials. In the afternoon, the students spoke with legislators and conveyed their support of bills including: HB 230 and SF50, State Amphibian.

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Wyoming Equality is the state’s only statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We strive to achieve equity for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and queer Wyomingites by building broad and inclusive communities, shifting the hearts and minds of our neighbors, and achieving policy victories. www.wyomingequality.org

Contact: Shayna Lonoaea-Alexander

(307) 778-7645 Ext. 701 shaynaa@wyomingequality.org