We know that there is a divide between those who’ve embraced sexual and gender diversity in this country, and those who haven’t yet. This divide isn’t impossible to bridge – families do it everyday through conversations with their children, their friends, and their neighbors.
But when public officials actively spread fear and hate towards the LGBTQ+ community through their words and actions, they disrespect the hard work that people put into understanding and embracing each other for who they are.
Whether I’m elected or not, I will always use my voice to help bridge these divides and protect people’s right to live as their truest selves. I believe that no person should experience hatred, discrimination, or violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity – period – and all of us should have the opportunity to live our lives fully, to thrive, and to build our families.
An Equal Place in the Public Square
It was an historic moment when the Supreme Court ruled the 2015 Obergefell case in favor of marriage equality, but we know that discrimination towards LGBTQ+ individuals still happens all too often, particularly towards trans and gender non-conforming people and LGBTQ+ people of color.
I fully support the passage of the Equality Act because no one should be denied access to public places, programs, or services because of their sex, orientation, or gender identity.
Protecting Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People
Trans and gender non-conforming people have long been targets of discrimination and violence in the United States. I am inspired by the movements this community has led, since even before the early days of Stonewall and the Compton Cafeteria uprising, to demand respect and equality in America.
All of us who are in positions of influence must act now to honor the work of these Americans. We must pass stronger hate crime legislation, and prohibit the archaic and atrocious anti-Trans legislation that is currently sweeping this nation. We must also ensure that the trans people who serve our country in the armed forces are given the respect and support they have earned.
We must acknowledge that trans and gender non-conforming youth are at particular risk of sexual assault & other violence, HIV infection, and homelessness. And we must also acknowledge that trans and gender non-conforming people of color of all ages are significantly more likely to experience bias-related violence, and are among the Americans who are most likely to live in poverty. We must create a more welcoming society, remove barriers to healthcare & economic prosperity, and fund programs to handle these and other issues faced by trans & gender non-conforming people.