Today, a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill, called the Equality Act, was introduced in Congress. First introduced three years ago, many were afraid the bill would be met with a lack of support by the GOP, but today’s events proved otherwise. GOP Sen. Susan Collins signed as sponsor of the Equality Act, stating that “It is time we ensure that all people are judged on their talents and abilities, and have full access to the services they need and the opportunities they seek. This bill marks the beginning of that process, and I urge my colleagues to join me as we take steps to build bipartisan consensus around the Equality Act.” Sen Collins is the only Senate Republican taking a stand in supporting the LGBT rights movement’s top legislative priority. The bill’s comprehensive nondiscrimination efforts will extend protections to employment, housing, education, and public services and accommodations.