Lobbying 101

This site has been archived and will not be updated in the foreseeable future. The Equality Act (H.R.5) was passed in the House on February 25th, 2021. The Senate judiciary committee held hearings on the bill on March 17th, 2021. It has not been voted on in the Senate.


Overview

Although it is useful to let all your legislative representatives know where you stand on the Equality Act, it is imperative to contact your Democratic lawmakers. This is the political party committed to passing what they see as the next step in civil rights law. Sympathetic insiders tell us that a minority of Democrats do fully understand the ramifications for women of the Equality Act, but are, nevertheless, fully onboard.

However, a majority of Democratic legislators do not fully understand how the Equality Act will negatively impact women. They assume that any opposition is based in right-wing or conservative religious concerns. They are also unaware of the organizational capture by the trans lobby of groups they would normally turn to, such as the National Organization for Women (NOW), which condemned outgoing Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s “Protect Women’s Sports Act.”

Therefore, insiders emphasize, it is crucially important to make clear that your concerns are coming from a feminist and pro-lesbian/gay perspective.

Further, our insider advice is that meeting with legislators, (or, more likely, their staffers), is the most important work we can do to accomplish our goals – more important, even, than a legislative hearing. 

Our work is definitely cut out for us, but we can do this! Below find lobbying tips and resources to aid you in this work.

Federal Legislative Lobbying Tips

Lobbying your Senator or Representative is not as difficult as you might think. We have prepared some tips for you in downloadable format to make it even easier!

Indivisible

Indivisible fosters grassroots lobbying on progressive issues. Their advocacy guide is not focused on the Equality Act, and some of their tips are similar to what is in our Federal Legislative Lobbying Tips. But they do offer additional advice that we haven’t covered. The guide is definitely worth a look.

Additional Resources

For general information about composing letters to Congress, and sample scripts developed by the LGB Alliance-USA, check out the links below.

Our Issues pages provide detailed talking points about specific issues and our Letters page has examples. Watch this space for more resources in the coming weeks.

Writing Congress Effective Letters

Sample Scripts to Amend the Equality Act

Visit our Letters page for sample letters to federal agency directors re the Executive Order on discrimination that undermines our sex based rights.