What if Washington recognized and protected human rights?
where we are today
There have been a record number of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in 2023 marginalizing these communities and putting them at an increased risk.
WHERE WE NEED TO BE
A complete end to discrimination based based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
HOW WE GET THERE:
Let’s usher in a country where LGBTQ+ people are welcome, safe, valued, and celebrated without fear. I support the progress being made by The Human Rights Campaign, along with tens of thousands of advocates, working around the clock to lobby members of Congress on critical legislation that would positively affect the lives of LGBTQ+ Americans.
At least 507 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the United States in 2023 — a new record, according to American Civil Liberties Union data as of April 3 — more than twice the number introduced last year. Education and healthcare-related bills, in particular, are flooding in at unprecedented levels. Along with a renewed push to ban access to gender-affirming health care for transgender youth, there has been a heavy focus on regulating curriculum in public schools, including discussions around gender identity and sexuality.
The following steps would enable both legal protections and societal inclusivity, which can significantly impact the financial security of LGBTQ+ individuals by reducing discrimination, improving educational and employment opportunities, and promoting mental health and well-being.
Step one: Pass Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Legislation
- Advocate for the passage of the Equality Act to prohibit LGBTQ+ discrimination in employment, housing, education, and public accommodations.
- Ensure equal access to healthcare for LGBTQ+ individuals.
- Protect transgender rights and access to gender-affirming care.
Step two: Promote LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in Education and Employment
- Support anti-bullying measures in schools to protect LGBTQ+ youth.
- Advocate for inclusive sex education in schools.
- Promote representative and inclusive hiring practices and inclusive workplace policies.
Step three: Engage in Advocacy and Mobilization
- Mobilize grassroots movements and campaigns to raise awareness.
- Support LGBTQ+ individuals to participate in politics and public service.
- Advocate for mental health resources specifically tailored to LGBTQ+ needs.