Cast members of the hit Netflix show "Queer Eye" are lending their star power to push lawmakers to pass the Equality Act, legislation which would ensure federal protections for LGBTQ individuals.

Four members of the show's “Fab Five” spoke at the Library of Congress Wednesday on a panel about LGBTQ youth, moderated by Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart.

ADVERTISEMENT

"Depending on the state in this country you can be fired for all sorts of things. You have discrimination at jobs, you have discrimination in school," said Jonathan Van Ness about the importance of the bill.

His co-star Antoni Porowski said passing the bill would send an important message to LGBTQ youth around the country.

Porowski said it would be important for "LGBTQIA youth growing up today, if they felt the assurance and the confidence that their heterosexual and/or cisgender counterparts felt, in terms of basic civil rights."

"That affects you on a macro level in how you are perceived by society, and also on a personal level of what your self-worth is," he added.

Van Ness spoke more about his support for the bill with The Hill, calling passage "so important because so many of our states in this country don’t protect people by basis of their sexual orientation or their gender."

“So, basically what we really need is to have some sort of federal legislation that does protect people who are LGBTQIA+ in states like Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama where you can be fired and you can be discriminated against for who you love and what gender you are,” Van Ness said.

The cast also turned their discerning eye to Washington, weighing in on the lawmakers who they think are most in need of their fashion and grooming help.

Van Ness, Porowski and co-star Bobby Berk all agreed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (R-Ky.) was the lawmaker most in need of a “Queer Eye”-style makeover.

“I would say Mitch McConnell in his entirety is really upsetting,” Van Ness told The Hill. “He’s just, everything, the weight of the world and of the oppression is weighing on him and it is showing.”

Van Ness also took a shot at former Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' MORE (R-S.C.).

"The hair is insane, it's always been insane," he said.

Several members of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus were in attendance at the panel and reception, including caucus co-chairs Reps. Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoHillicon Valley: Google buying Fitbit for .1B | US launches national security review of TikTok | Twitter shakes up fight over political ads | Dems push committee on 'revenge porn' law Progressives urge end to mass phone data collection program Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Impeachment inquiry overshadows Trump at UN | Veterans push VA to follow through on reforms | Iranian leader open to changes in nuke deal MORE (D-Calif.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsWarren doubles down — to Democrats' chagrin, and Trump's delight Here are the Democrats who aren't co-sponsoring an assault weapons ban Centrist House Democrats press for committees to follow pay-go rule MORE (D-Kan.) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.).

The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on one’s gender identity or sexual orientation. The bill has stalled in previous years but was reintroduced in the current Congress in March by Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Top antitrust Dem presses DOJ, FTC on Google's Fitbit acquisition Hillicon Valley: California AG reveals Facebook investigation | McConnell criticizes Twitter's political ad ban | Lawmakers raise concerns over Google takeover of Fitbit | Dem pushes FCC to secure 5G networks MORE (D-R.I.) and is sponsored by 237 Democrats and 2 Republicans.

The bill also has the support of prominent business groups. But while it is expected to pass the Democratic-controlled House, it has an uncertain path in the GOP Senate.

Before Wednesday's event, the "Queer Eye" cast members were also shown a selection of items from the Library’s collection, including handwritten notes by civil rights icon Rosa Parks and a pearl necklace and bracelets worn by Mary Todd Lincoln.

The show's cast was also spotted at the Capitol.

The third season of "Queer Eye" premiered on Netflix on March 15.