Deaf actor and model Nyle DiMarco is the latest to join the Human Rights Campaign in fighting for the passage of the Equality Act.
Americans for the Equality Act is a new campaign as people across the country share their support for the legislation. It has previously featured Sally Field and her son, Karamo Brown, and Adam Rippon.
DiMarco entirely signs in the video. At the start, he explains the fight for equality is important to him because he comes from two marginalized communities — both the LGBTI community and the deaf community.
He explains he’s been discriminated against and it happens because there’s ‘no absolute protection from the government’.
‘With protection, we live our lives without worrying about the double impact of experiencing discrimination and/or hate crimes,’ he signs. ‘We know that the government will not protect us because there is no Equality Act.
‘We are currently tiptoeing on American soil.’
As the video continues, DiMarco explains that the US a place with a shared value in everyone being equal under the law, but that ‘people living with multiple identities’ are often forgotten.
‘We must include them as well as recognize and highlight their other identities, and protect them at all costs.’
Why is the Equality Act so important?
‘For countless people in the US and around the world, Nyle DiMarco is an inspiring role model and advocate for equality and inclusion,’ said HRC President Chad Griffin.
‘As a proud Deaf and LGBTQ actor and model, Nyle is also a powerful and passionate voice for social justice. We are grateful to Nyle for joining us in the fight for full federal equality and highlighting the urgent need for Congress to pass the Equality Act.’
The Equality Act seeks to prohibit discrimination for LGBTI people by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It would supercede any state laws, making LGBTI people across the country protected from discrimination, regardless of where they live.
Democrats re-introduced it to Congress in March. They’re planning on voting on the legislation in the House of Representatives, which has a Democratic majority, on Friday (17 May).
Many experts, however, warn the legislation has a long chance of passing with a Republican-controlled Senate.