Press Releases

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.
Mar 11, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus announced its membership list for the 116th Congress today. With eight openly LGBT Co-Chairs, nineteen Vice Chairs, and 161 total members, this is the largest LGBT Equality Caucus in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jan 22, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Co-Chairs of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court decision to allow the transgender military ban to take effect. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision granted the Trump Administration’s request for the discriminatory ban to be implemented while legal challenges continue to move through the courts.
Oct 23, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Members of the Transgender Equality Task Force of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus issued the following statement in response to the New York Times reports of Trump Administration plans to re-define gender specifically to exclude transgender identity.
Oct 2, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today condemns the Trump Administration for denying visas to same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees. The new policy – implemented Monday – requires that foreign domestic partners of diplomats and U.N. officials posted in the United States must show the State Department proof of marriage by December 31 or leave the country within 30 days.
Sep 6, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today released the following statement in response to the India Supreme Court’s landmark ruling decriminalizing homosexuality. On Thursday, the country’s highest court ruled that Section 377 of the Indian penal code, a British colonial-era law banning consensual same-sex relationships, was discriminatory on the basis of sexual orientation and therefore unconstitutional.
Jul 13, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today released the following statement in response to the House Appropriations Committee voting to adopt an amendment to the Labor and Health and Human Services appropriations bill permitting child welfare providers to discriminate against LGBT people in adoption and foster care services.

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