Jonathan Van Ness meets with Nancy Pelosi & Robin Kelly to discuss the Equality Act
“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness discussed the Equality Act, which would codify civil rights protections for LGBT people, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after meeting with her Thursday.
“’We have to pass the Equality Act’ @speakerpelosi said to me,” Van Ness shared on Instagram after meeting with Pelosi. “I said, with Mitch McConnell how?? Speaker Pelosi said, (I’m paraphrasing here) the voters in states with Republican Senators MUST put pressure on their Senators to force McConnell to bring the #equalityact up to vote.”
The Equality Act would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification in employment, housing, jury selection and public accommodations. The House passed the legislation in May, though it has not been brought up for a vote on the Senate floor.
The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court last month not to extend a sex discrimination ban to include sexual orientation. The Justice Department argued in an amicus brief that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not apply to sexual orientation.
“If you consider yourself an ALLY and live in a state with a Republican Senator I IMPLORE you to call, email, and mail their office and ask them to VOTE on the Equality Act,” Van Ness encouraged his followers on Thursday.
Pelosi also tweeted about the meeting, thanking the “Queer Eye” star for his efforts on the issue.
Van Ness also shared a video of himself strutting in the Capitol, sharing that he met with Pelosi and Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) to discuss “living with HIV” and “access to Prep,” a medication that can reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 92 percent in some people, according to the CDC.
Van Ness recently made headlines for openly sharing that he is HIV positive.