Protecting LGBTQ+ Rights
Every person – no matter who they love, or how they identify – deserves equal protection under the law. Although this seems to be a basic value, it has been repeatedly threatened in Congress, in the Supreme Court, and in our communities.
Over the past four years, we have seen unconscionable attacks on the most basic rights of LGBTQ+ Americans. The LGBTQ+ community is fighting in the Supreme Court to ensure they can not be discriminated against in the workplace solely based on their identity. They are fighting to ensure they have equal access to health care, and that a doctor can not claim a moral or religious exemption to treating their immediate medical needs. Our trans friends and neighbors are fighting for their lives as they are targeted and murdered at rates so concerning the American Medical Association has declared it an epidemic.
I have fought to preserve the rights of LGBTQ+ Americans and remedy injustices that have not yet been addressed. I championed legislation to abolish a Trump Administration office at the Department of Health and Human Services, designed to enable discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in health care. I proudly cosponsored and voted for the Equality Act, which would ensure that the LGBTQ+ community has equal protection under the law. I am also a member of the Equality Caucus, and work with my colleagues to ensure we are addressing the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community in any legislation we bring to the floor. Most recently, I led a letter condemning the Department of Education for striking down Connecticut’s gender inclusive athletic policy.
I will continue to fight every day to ensure that no one is treated differently because of who they are or who they love. My work has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign.