Media Advisory

Civil Rights Leaders and Advocates to Hold Press Conference   Ahead of First-Ever, Historic Equality Act Hearing  

April 1, 2019


Will McCullough | HRC | | 559-892-3038  

Shin Inouye | Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | | 202-869-0398  


LGBTQ advocates will meet on the Hill to discuss historic federal civil rights legislation that will protect millions  

of LGBTQ Americans and their families from discrimination   


WASHINGTON — Ahead of the first-ever Congressional committee hearing on the Equality Act, this  

MONDAYApril 1, at 1:00 p.m., the coalition to pass the Equality Act will hold a press conference at the House Triangle on Capitol Hill highlighting the critical need, efforts and unprecedented support for H.R. 5.The crucially important, bipartisan legislation would provide clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for  

LGBTQ people and strengthen existing protections for all people covered by our nation’s civil rights laws. Leaders of civil rights organizations and members of the LGBTQ community will share stories of discrimination that demonstrate the urgent and long-overdue need for the historic legislation.   


WHAT:   Press Conference w/ Civil Rights Leaders & Advocates on the Equality Act  
WHO:     Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality   

Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS  

Masen Davis, CEO, Freedom for All Americans  

Kristine Lucius, Executive Vice President for Policy, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  

Hilary Shelton, Director, NAACP Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy  

Carter Brown, Founder of Black Transmen Inc. and man fired for being transgender  

Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley, Pastor, Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ featured in this story   

Amy Adams, the mother of a high school transgender student   

    Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary, HRC  
    Diana Flynn, Litigation Director, Lambda Legal  

Sabrina Joy Stevens, Senior Manager of Campaign and Digital Strategies, NWLC  

Ian Thompson, Senior Legislative Representative, ACLU  

Naomi Washington-Leapheart; Faith Work Director, National LGBTQ Task Force More to be announced. 


WHEN:    1:00 PM, EST   
WHERE:    House Triangle, Southeast side of the U.S. Capitol  


The House Judiciary Committee and Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) will hold the first hearing of the Equality Act on Tuesday April 2 at 10:00 AM.  The Equality Act was introduced on May 13 with unprecedented support by Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) in the House and Senators Jeff Merkley (DOR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate. The measure has unprecedented support from nearly 70 percent of Americans, more than 280 members of Congress, more than 170 major businesses and more than 300 statewide and national organizations. The legislation prioritized by Speaker Pelosi would ensure LGBTQ people are protected under the nation’s civil rights laws.