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Equality Act, NYC middle schools reopen, Tiger Woods crash: 5 things you need to know Thursday

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The Equality Act with protections for LGBTQ Americans goes up for vote

The House is set to pass sweeping legislation Thursday prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would amend existing federal civil rights laws to extend protections for LGBTQ Americans in what Democratic lawmakers and advocates say would make significant progress toward legal protections for all Americans. Nine members of the House openly identify as LGBTQ and two in the Senate, amounting to about 2% of each chamber. A recent Gallup Poll showed a record 5.6% of U.S. adults identified as LGBTQ. The Equality Act, one of President Joe Biden’s top legislative priorities, faces an uncertain future in the Senate. 

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