Jonathan Van Ness meets with Nancy Pelosi to discuss the Equality Act
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“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness discussed the Equality Act, which would codify civil rights protections for LGBT people, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAs Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE 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.

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“We have to pass the Equality Act” @speakerpelosi said to me. 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 is exactly the legislation that would protect LGBTQ people from the discrimination we would face if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Trump Administration and Justice Department petition to be able to allow employers to FIRE LGBTQ people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 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. @humanrightscampaign

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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 KellyRobin Lynne KellyHouse Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Lawmakers push for improved diabetes care through tech advancements Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities MORE (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.

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Van Ness recently made headlines for openly sharing that he is HIV positive.