The Equality Act Is Needed to Advance Health Equity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations. By: Gonzales, Gilbert; Gavulic, Kyle A. American Journal of Public Health. Jun2020, Vol. 110 Issue 6, p801-802. 2p.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act (HR 5) on May 17, 2019, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public education, and public accommodations (e.g., health care facilities, nursing homes, youth service providers, transportation systems, and retail and hospitality industries). Discrimination negatively affects the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. The author suggests the US Senate should consider the health implications of the Equality Act when considering its passage. Not only are health disparities costly to the health care system, but health disparities limit the full potential of the population.