Fighting for LGBTQ+ Equality
The United States has made remarkable progress on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in a relatively short amount of time. But there is still much work to be done.
In many states, it is still legal to fire someone based on their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Sadly, today there are many places where it is legal to deny someone housing for being transgender. That is unacceptable and must change. We must end discrimination in all forms and secure access to education, healthcare, employment, housing, and all other aspects of public life to gender and sexual minorities.
On average transgender people make less than 10k per year. We must work diligently to end employment discrimination and establish equal pay for transgender and queer women.
What can we do about it?
- Sign into law the Equality Act, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, and any other bill that prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people.
- Work with HHS to ensure LGBTQ people have access to comprehensive health insurance which provides appropriate coverage of gender affirming healthcare, abortion, prenatal, birthing, pregnancy and postpartum care and ensures that care is provided with dignity and respect.
- Continue the great work of the State Department’s Special Envoy for LGBTQ Rights and ensure the United States helps protect the rights of LGBTQ peoples around the world.
- Advance policies to ensure students can attend school without fear of bullying, and work to reduce alarming suicide rates among sexual and gender minorities.
- Require police departments to adopt policies to ensure fairer interactions with transgender people, especially transgender women of color who are often targeted by police unfairly, and institute training programs to promote compliance with fair policies.
- Bar discrimination against LGBTQ people by creditors and banks so that people will not be unfairly denied mortgages, credit cards, or student loans.
- Veto any legislation that purports to “protect” religious liberty laws which seek to write into law a license to discriminate based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.