Press Releases

Jun 18, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today commended the introduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act of 2019. This bipartisan bill would end anti-LGBTQ discrimination in foster care and adoption once and for all and dramatically improve foster care for LGBTQ youth.
Jun 12, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today released the following statement in remembrance of the victims of the horrific shooting on June 12, 2016 at the historic Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people were murdered—most of whom were LGBTQ and Latinx.
May 29, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today denounced a new rule from the Trump administration that would allow anti-transgender discrimination in homeless shelters. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the proposed rule last Wednesday, which would roll back protections for transgender people experiencing homelessness by allowing taxpayer-funded shelters to turn away transgender people based on a number of factors, including the shelter provider’s religious views.
May 24, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus released the following statement in response to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposal to dismantle and roll back the Health Care Rights Law—Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act—which protects patients from discrimination in health care. The proposed rule, which was released on Friday, would open the door for insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, and nurses to deny patients vital care and to discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
May 17, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today celebrated the unprecedented passage of the Equality Act. In a bipartisan vote of 236-173 the House passed this landmark legislation which would provide clear, comprehensive anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans in regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing, and public accommodations. The passage of this historic legislation says, unequivocally—to the American people, to our Senate counterparts, and to the President—that LGBTQ Americans deserve the full protections guaranteed under our nation’s civil rights laws. We strongly urge the Senate to follow the House’s lead and pass the Equality Act.
Apr 25, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus released the following statement in response to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposal to eliminate data collection on LGBTQ foster youth and parents. On April 16, 2019, HHS proposed scrubbing data on the sexual orientation of foster youth and foster and adoptive parents and guardians in its Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data system.
Apr 18, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus this week welcomed Shawn Gaylord as its new Executive Director. Gaylord brings to this role a proven track record of advocacy on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, at home and abroad.
Mar 28, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – LGBT Equality Caucus Transgender Equality Task Force (TETF) members released the following statements in response to the passage of a resolution denouncing the ban on transgender servicemembers. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed TETF Chair Rep. Joe Kennedy’s House Resolution 124 in a bipartisan vote of 238-185. The resolution rejects President Trump’s ban on openly transgender servicemembers from serving in our nation’s military and urges the Department of Defense to not reinstate the discriminatory policy.
Mar 14, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – The LGBT Equality Caucus Transgender Equality Task Force released the following statement in response to the Department of Defense decision to implement the transgender military ban by April 12, 2019. On Tuesday, the Pentagon officially signed the policy banning transgender Americans from serving in the United States military, despite overwhelming opposition. The policy would not only prohibit transgender people from joining the military, but also prohibit any transgender person in the military from living consistent with their gender identity.
Mar 13, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today praised the historic introduction of the Equality Act of 2019. Two-hundred and thirty-nine Members of Congress proudly introduced this landmark bipartisan legislation which would provide clear, comprehensive anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans in regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing, and public accommodations. This historic legislation says, unequivocally, that LGBTQ Americans deserve the full protections guaranteed under our nation’s civil rights laws.

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