Stella Keating Wiki – Stella Keating Bio
Stella Keating is a transgender girl, who spoke at the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 16, arguing in favor of the Equality Act and she was the only trans person there.
She is a sophomore student from Tacoma, Washington, who began her testimony by pointing out that she lives in a state where she is legally protected from discrimination.
She is 16 years old.
Stella Keating Senate Judiciary Hearing
The Senate Judiciary Committee released Stella Keating’s opening statement ahead of the first Senate hearing on the Equality Act, entitled “The Equality Act: LGBTQ Rights are Human Rights.”
Stella is a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore and aspiring politician who helped launch The GenderCool Project—an awareness campaign turned movement that spotlights positive stories of the accomplishments of transgender and non-binary youth.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today about the landmark LGBT+ rights legislation, which would see sexual orientation and gender identity added to existing federal civil rights law.
The Equality Act passed the House of Representatives in February 2020, in a historic win for LGBT+ rights. Its passage represents an enormous step forward for LGBT+ rights in America as it finally addresses the “patchwork” state coverage that leaves countless queer people vulnerable to discrimination. But it must now get through the Senate.
At today’s hearing, senators heard from Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, Edith Guffey of PFLAG’s National Board of Directors, and Stella Keating.
Keating began by introducing herself with her pronouns and a bit about her life, her hopes, and dreams for the future – she wants to be a civil rights attorney – what her parents do, and how excited she was to recently pass her driving test.
Then she began again and introduced herself as a transgender person.
“Right now, I live in a state where I have equal protection under the law. And as a high school sophomore, I’m starting to look at colleges,”
she said. “And all I can think about is this: less than half of the states in our country provide equal protection for me under the law.
“What if I’m offered a dream job in a state where I can be discriminated against? Even if my employer is supportive, I still have to live somewhere. Eat-in restaurants. Have a doctor,” she said. “And why am I having to worry about all of this at the age of 16?”
She ended her testimony strongly, pointing out that the adults she bravely testified before having the power to change this.