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Rural, low-income LGBTQ people need the Equality Act. I am living proof.

As we continue to talk about the Equality Act, which seeks to expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect LGBTQ people in employment, housing, access to services and public accommodations, and more, we must look at the impact on low-income queer people, who are so often invisible and left out of the conversation.

I am living proof. I live in Pasco County, Florida, where the median annual income is less than $20,000. I was raised here , and I am proud to be a grassroots activist in this community. I am the child of a single mother who survived working service industry jobs, and through grit, luck, and the kindness of this community, managed to raise my three siblings and me and make a home here for us.

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