2020 marks the ninth year since the legalization of marriage equality in New York State. While this accomplishment was a historic milestone in the fight for equal rights we must also acknowledge that still, far too many people across our nation live their lives in fear of prejudice and discrimination.
Hate and intolerance is an affront to our American ideals. That is why more than ever we need leaders like Joe who are committed to fulfilling the promise of equality for all and tearing down the barriers that hinder and threaten our basic human rights.
Throughout his time in public service, Joe has been on the front lines in the fight for equal rights an in Congress he has kept up this fight through his work to pass legislation that protects and guarantees the dignity, respect, and equality every person deserves.
In Congress, Joe has co-sponsored the following legislation:
HR 5 The Equality Act
Would provide explicit, consistent protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service, and public accommodations.
HR 1857 The International Human Defense Act
Would require that the State Department prevent and respond to discrimination and violence against the LGBTQ+ community, devise a global strategy to address discrimination, and promote international LGBTQ+ human rights.
HR 2775 The Protecting LGBTQ+ Youth Act
To amend the Child Abuse Prevention Act to ensure protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and their families.
HR 3570 The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act
Seeks to end the practice of conversion therapy by classifying commercial conversion therapy and advertising that claims to change sexual orientation and gender identity as fraud.
HR 3273 The LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act
Would improve federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed Sexual orientation and gender identity for the purpose of better understanding the problems that LGBTQ people experience and developing effective policies and programs to address them.
HR 2747 The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act
Would require institutions of higher education to establish policies to prohibit harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, or religion.
H. Res. 34 The National Day of Silence Resolution
Recognizes the hundreds of students across the country observing a day-long vow of silence to bring attention to bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination aims at their LGBTQ+ friends and classmates.
HR 3114 Every Child Deserves a Family Act
Would prohibit discrimination against children, teens, and parents on the basis of religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status by child welfare agencies receiving Federal funds.
H. Res. 124 The Resolution Expressing Opposition to Banning Service in the Armed Forces by Openly Transgender Individuals
To stand in opposition to President Trump's ban that forces these brave individuals to pick between their identity and their dedication to service.