WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTNV) — This morning, the LGBTQ community is one step closer to being protected under federal civil rights.
The House has approved a bill that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Equality Act now faces an uphill battle in the Senate where at least 10 Republicans would have to join Democrats to pass it.
The debate comes during an historic confirmation process in the Senate.
Dr. Rachel Levine, President Biden's nominee for Assistant Health Secretary, is the first openly transgender person nominated for federal office.
Debate spilled out into the corridors of the capitol.
Congresswoman Marie Newman who has a transgender daughter placed a transgender-pride flag outside her office.
That prompted Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greene, whose office is directly across the hall, to post a sign reading:
"There are TWO genders: MALE & FEMALE. Trust the science!"