Gabbard, 37, has come under fire from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates in the days since she announced her presidential ambitions, which drew renewed focus to her past work for the Alliance for Traditional Marriage. The group, which was run by her father, State Senator Mike Gabbard, fought against gay rights in Hawaii and helped pass an amendment to the State Constitution that gave the Legislature the power to ban same-sex marriage. Gabbard said in a video posted to YouTube and shared on Twitter.
We are really excited. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. California is the big primary story of the season with 53 seats in Congress in the mix.
Washington Blade photos by Michael Key. With the congressional mid-terms fast approaching, a record number of LGBT candidates are seeking election to all levels of government ranging from federal office to state attorney general, many under a banner of challenging President Trump. Among the candidates Victory Fund has endorsed this cycle are 13 candidates running for federal office, including two running in U.
The bill, passedcomes as departments across the Trump administration have dismantled policies friendly to gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, like barring transgender recruits from serving in the military or formally rejecting complaints filed by transgender students who are barred from restrooms that match their gender identity. The legislation, which amends the Civil Rights Act ofprohibits discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in both the public and private sectors, offering civil rights protections in businesses, hospitals and welfare services. It explicitly states that individuals cannot be denied access to a locker room or dressing room on the same basis. The response from the Republican-controlled Senate and White House, however, is likely to be a resounding no.
Scott Applewhite, File. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas. Called the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all.
This is a list of gaylesbianand bisexual Americans in the U. Current members of Congress are shaded in gray. There has never been an openly transgender member of Congress.
I fought too long and too hard to end discrimination based on race and color, to not stand up against discrimination against our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human rights, civil rights, these are issues of dignity.
Los Angeles County Health Department. Lesbian Presence on the Internet. OutFest: L. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
When journalist Itay Hod took to Facebook last week and insinuated Republican Congressman Aaron Schock R-IL is gay, he reignited a complex and precarious argument about the ethics behind outing public figures. The issue of outing has been hotly contested among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT activists since the early s when William A. As outing continues to be a divisive issue within the LGBT community, let's take a look back at a number of other politicians who have faced gay rumors or sex scandals in the past, including some of whom were publicly outed as a result.
Democratic Gov. Jared Polis put pen to paper on two bills dealing with LGBT rights, including the conversion therapy bill and another allowing transgender and intersex individuals to update the gender on their birth certificate without needing proof of surgery by a court order or a legal name change. Conversion therapy is a controversial practice which claims to be able to make a gay individual straight through conditioning.