LGBT Rights

 

Despite the historic Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed marriage equality as a Constitutional right, the LGBTQ community remains under renewed attack. David Cicilline is fighting for even greater protections for LGBTQ individuals in workplaces, schools, and public accommodations.

As one of only seven openly gay members of Congress, and a co-chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus, David has been a vocal and passionate advocate in defense of equal rights for all Americans. And, while the Supreme Court may have legalized same-sex marriage, LGBTQ individuals still face the very real threat of being denied fundamental rights and access to services. Recent studies underscore the reality of this threat, with a majority of LGBTQ individuals in America reporting that they’ve experienced discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. That is why David authored and introduced the Equality Act, historic legislation that passed the House in 2019 and would prohibit discrimination of LGBTQ Americans in employment, housing, public accommodations, government funding, education, and more.

As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, David is fighting to ensure U.S. foreign policy is holding governments abroad accountable for their failure to prevent violence against LGBTQ individuals. He’s introduced the Global Respect Act, a bill that would help prevent international violators of LGBTQ human rights from entering the United States and enhance U.S. State Department tracking and reporting of violence and other human rights violations against LGBTQ individuals in foreign countries.

Back at home, David has joined with his colleagues in a call to action for several federal departments and agencies to enhance protections for LGBTQ individuals in our community. He has urged the Department of Education to develop and finalize guidance clearly detailing the obligations of schools to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination – ensuring our youth and students are safe from bullying and harassment. And he has urged the Social Security Administration to make certain it has all the necessary and appropriate systems in place to ensure it is treating all marriages equally and administering benefits fairly to all individuals. David is also championing the Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act, which would prevent inequality and discrimination in our tax code by removing gender-specific references to marriage.

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