Beyond resistance: Advocating for LGBTQ equality
It is the 35th day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: advocating for LGBTQ equality.
The Supreme Court stood on the right side of history in 2015 with its decision to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in all 50 states. It was a critical milestone in helping secure freedoms to which all Americans are entitled, regardless of whom they love. But, the fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ community is far from over.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community is under relentless attack. LGBTQ youth report higher levels of bullying and substance abuse and are at an increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. As adults, transgender individuals face higher rates of poverty as well as housing, healthcare, and workplace discrimination. Members of the LGBTQ community are still forced to navigate a patchwork system of civil rights law, where they can be subject to discrimination in federal education funding, employment protection, and jury service, to name just a few.
Discriminating against an individual based on their characteristics, be it race, religion, sexual identity, or any other, is unacceptable and wrong. That’s why I’m a cosponsor of the Equality Act, which extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans by amending existing civil rights law to protect sexual orientation and gender identity. No one should lose their housing, job, healthcare – or be denied the opportunity to serve our country – for expressing who they are.
In an era where some wish to move civil rights backwards instead of forwards, I’ll continue to work to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation altogether.
I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here.
Member of Congress