America was founded on the pillars of liberty and equality. No one in this country should be discriminated against because of who they are or who they love. LGBTQ Americans, like myself, deserve the chance to work hard, support their families, and live their lives free of harassment and discrimination.
Despite strong steps, the laws that exist today in our country leave millions of LGBTQ Americans subject to unjust discrimination that has no place in our society. The Civil Rights Act protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, disability, and religion. However, federal law does little to protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. I’m a strong supporter of full equal rights protections for all LGBTQ Americans, and as your Congressman, will push for federal protections to ensure that every LGBTQ American – everywhere in the country – is protected under the law from discrimination in all areas of life: housing, employment, and public spaces.
The best way to ensure that LGBTQ Americans receive the full equal rights protection under the law that they deserve is through passing the Equality Act. Last May, the House of Representatives passed this landmark bill, but Mitch McConnell’s Senate has continued to stand in the way of progress and equality. This bill would amend current civil rights legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Jury Selection and Services Act, and federal employment regulations to include special language protecting against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Legislation like the Equality Act has broad public support and it is time that our elected leaders invest in the rights of LGBTQ Americans. In addition to this bill, we must work to eliminate healthcare insurance discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The best way to do this is by establishing a single-payer federal insurance program that provides full, comprehensive benefits for all Americans. In Congress, I will work to ensure equality for all LGBTQ individuals in this nation. All discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is completely unacceptable and our elected leaders must work for the people in order to create true, transformative change.