LGBTQIA Rights

Too many LGBTQIA Americans face discrimination in employment, in public accommodations and in the public square. Truly lived equality for the LGBTQIA community was not accomplished with the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in 2015.

I have no tolerance for discrimination against LGBTQIA people and will stand strongly against any efforts in Congress to legislate hate. My dad was a pioneer when he legally represented a transgender client in the late 1960s.

Currently, there is not a federal law banning LGBTQIA workplace discrimination. In the majority of states, a person can be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity.  As a member of Congress, I will fight tirelessly to ensure that every LGBTQIA person has the opportunity for lived equality, not only legislated equality.

I support and will co-sponsor:

  • The Equality Act
  • The Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act,
  • The Student Non-Discrimination Act
  • The Fair and Equal Housing Act.

I will oppose any and all anti-LGBTQIA legislation and policies, including:

  • The First Amendment Defense Act that allows discrimination under the guise of “religious freedom”
  • Conversion “therapy” that is dangerous and discredited by medical professionals
  • So-called bathroom bills that discriminate against transgender people
  • Discrimination against potential adoptive or foster parents based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status

Other efforts I will support on behalf of our LGBTQIA citizens:

  • Education:
    • Incorporating the LGBTQIA experience in a national curriculum not only in health education but in history, civics and other pertinent classes.
    • Requiring educators to be trained in how to respond when your students come to them and in preventing and stopping anti-LGBT behaviors.
  • Healthcare:
    • Requiring LGBTQIA cultural competency training for medical and social service providers.
    • Ensuring that all homeless shelters and crisis facilities are prepared for and open to members of the LGBTQIA community, young and old.
  • Quality of Life:
    • Providing social, supportive spaces in which older LGBTQIA adults can thrive.
    • Allowing same-sex couples to adopt
    • Opposing carve-outs allowing discrimination against LGBTQIA people for religious beliefs
    • Adopting gender-neutral language for statutes and other identity-related documents.
    • Allowing bathroom access consistent with gender identity
  •  Safety:
    • Broadening the scope of hate crime laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
    • Modifying criminal codes to treat the transmission of HIV in the same way as the transmission of other serious communicable diseases.

Links

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
Free State Justice
Human Rights Campaign
David Fishback blog
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Matters in the MCPS
Frederick County school board approves policy to protect transgender students
National Center for Transgender Equality
GLSEN
Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12
Montgomery College Pride and Allies
MoCo Pride Center
The Frederick Center