I grew up in the closet during a time when the majority of the American public did not support gay rights. Because of the bravery of my LGBTQIA+ sisters and brothers who came before me, public opinion has been shifted, gay marriage is legal, and deaths from AIDS have dramatically decreased. But there is a lot more to do.
In Congress, I will fight for:
- The Equality Act. Anti-LGBTQIA+ discrimination is legal on a federal level. We can be denied healthcare, housing, and basic services, leading to homelessness, poorer health, and violence. The Equality Act will protect us from discrimination. We must also ensure that the Equality Act recognizes the legitimacy of trans people's genders.
- The Every Child Deserves a Family Act, so federally-funded child welfare agencies can’t discriminate against children, families, and individuals on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. And so more children in foster care can be raised in loving homes.
- Supporting LGBTQIA+ students with clubs such as GSAs and LGBTQIA+-appropriate counseling.
- The Student Non-Discrimination Act, so public K-12 schools can’t discriminate against students on the basis of perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity. This will let students focus on what school is for: learning and making friends.
- Banning “conversion therapy,” which is a scientifically invalid and morally abominable practice of attempting to “make” LGBTQIA+ straight and cisgender. It is legal on a federal level, and it has been inflicted on 700,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults — half when they were children. The UCLA School of Law estimates that 20,000 LGBTQ youth currently between the ages of 13 and 17 will receive conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before they reach 18. This must end.
- Banning the “gay panic” murder excuse. Homophobia and transphobia are not excuses to kill people.
- Banning intersex, non-consensual surgery, specifically infants. We must allow intersex people to make their own decisions about their bodies.