LGBT Rights

Just one year ago, in a historic 5 to 4 ruling, the Supreme Court guaranteed marriage equality as a Constitutional right. Yet, today, the LGBT community is under renewed and relentless attack. Several states have enacted laws authorizing discrimination of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered Americans, David Cicilline is fighting for even greater protections for LGBT individuals in workplaces, schools, and public accommodations.

As one of only seven openly gay members of Congress, and a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT 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, LGBT 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 LGBT individuals in America reporting that they’ve experienced discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. That’s why David has introduced the Equality Act, legislation backed by the Obama Administration, that would create clear and lasting protections against the discrimination of LGBT 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 LGBT individuals. He’s introduced the Global Respect Act, a bill that would help prevent international violators of LGBT human rights from entering the United States, and enhance U.S. State Department tracking and reporting of violence and other human rights violations against LGBT 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 LGBT individuals in our community. He’s urged the Department of Education to develop and finalize guidance clearly detailing the obligations of schools to protect LGBT students from discrimination – ensuring our youth and students are safe from bullying and harassment. And he’s 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.

DNC Twitter

  • 50 min 3 sec ago This is pathetic. Apparently the President is fine to keep immigrant families together as long as he can keep them behind bars indefinitely.
  • 3 hours 55 min ago Just reached out to Stephen Miller to share my thoughts on the President’s cruel policy of separating families at t… https://t.co/NPPBtUAK90
  • 5 hours 36 min ago I hope this is true. We’ve all learned to focus on what the President DOES not what he SAYS. And what’s his plan f… https://t.co/Gp6vaN1RIG
  • 7 hours 26 min ago RT : That's why and I introduced the Protecting JOBs Act. This legislation would prevent states from sus… https://t.co/muk0udH3OO
  • 7 hours 59 min ago RT : "You started it, you can finish it." Rep. David Cicilline calls on Pres. Trump to end 'zero tolerance' policy sepa… https://t.co/v9KNXLiA5V
  • 8 hours 20 min ago Press conference outside the Capitol. We are not going to stop fighting until ends this cruel fami… https://t.co/fcbXmx2F6S

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