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Equality Caucus Updates

Sep 22, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauds an announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that will allow LGBTQ+ servicemembers who previously received an other-than-honorable discharge for sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV status to receive VA benefits.
Sep 3, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01), member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Equality Caucus, alongside Reps. Mike Levin (CA-49), Kathleen M. Rice (NY-04), Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Jackie Speier (CA-14), reintroduced the SERVE (Securing the Rights our Veterans Earned) Act to guarantee and protect VA benefits for LGBTQ+ veterans discharged from the Armed Forces due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Aug 17, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus remembers the legacy of Ambassador James Hormel, the first openly gay ambassador to serve the United States.
Jun 25, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBT+ Equality Caucus congratulates Jessica Stern who has been named by President Biden to serve as the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons.
Jun 25, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus hails President Biden’s historic bill signing, which designates the Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial five years after the tragedy in Orlando, Florida.
Jun 23, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus welcomes the recent decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand its offerings to include gender confirmation surgeries.
Jun 7, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBT+ Equality Caucus in partnership with the House Foreign Affairs Committee has sent a letter to the Office of the Vice President expressing concern over the situation in Guatemala and encouraging Vice President Harris to continue her inclusive approach as she engages in the region.
May 10, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reversing a rule by the Trump Administration that allowed discrimination in health and medical care against especially vulnerable groups including LGBTQ+ people.
Apr 29, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is announcing its support for HR1, the For the People Act, led by Caucus Member John Sarbanes (MD-3). The Caucus recognizes that many LGBTQ people already face barriers to voting and this problem is even more relevant in the transgender community who face challenges in securing identification that matches their identity. The Caucus is proud to stand in solidarity with all of the members who have been working tirelessly on this effort and hopes to provide additional support as this bill becomes law.
Apr 23, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauded the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for withdrawing a rule proposed by the Trump Administration that would have allowed discrimination in access to emergency shelter.

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President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors and agencies from discriminating against employees on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Washington, D.C.—(ENEWSPF)—July 21, 2014. Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after President Obama signed his executive order banning federal contractors from workplace discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity:

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This week the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus held a briefing on LGBT Youth Homelessness in Cannon House Office Building, and one by one, panelists called on Congress to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.

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Tess Welch never thought the day would come that she could marry her partner of 40 years, Nancy Barklage, in the state of Wisconsin. 

The couple moved to Wisconsin in 1979, after meeting in Missouri. They both remember being pelted with stones and bottle rockets while marching in pride parades decades ago. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) released the following statement to mark the official beginning of marriage equality in Illinois. The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn last year, allowed same-sex couples to marry in the state as of June 1.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that a civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the state of North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory over the state's controversial bathroom law.

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WATCH: Congressman David Cicilline introduces an amendment to protect President Obama’s executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors.

 

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On June 25, 2014, Rep. Al Green joined other members of the LGBT Equality Caucus in honoring and celebrating LGBT Pride Month in the month of June.

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