Equity

"Representation is important. Out of 435 Members of the House, currently only 9 are out LGBTQ (only 2.2%). I would be the tenth. That is still way under-representatative of the current U.S. LGBTQ population."

For crying out loud, it’s nearly 50 years late, but I will vote over and over and over and over again to remove the time limit placed on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) of 1972.  The ERA was first introduced in 1923, nearly 100 years ago and still not fully ratified because of GOP opposition and delay tactics in Congress!

 

Granting equal rights for women and enshrining gender equity in all U.S. law is long overdue.

 

Representation is important. Out of 435 Members of the House, currently only 9 are out LGBTQ (only 2.2%). I would be the tenth. That is still way under-representative of the current U.S. LGBTQ population. If elected would be the first LGBTQ Member of Congress from Oregon.

 

I will co-sponsor the Equality Act if it comes back to the House. The Act:

  • Helps protect partnered gay couples from discrimination in purchasing a home;

  • Defend lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people from inequity in the workplace;

  • Safeguard the rights of transgender people to serve in the military and access gender-affirming healthcare; and

  • Establish safety precautions for transgender and queer students in schools.

In addition, I will join and work with the House LGBTQ+ Equity Caucus to
introduce legislation that will:

  • Further protect adoption rights by same-sex parents;

  • Codify same-sex marriage in Federal law;

  • Protect immigration rights of same-sex spouses and partners (from countries where same-sex marriage isn’t yet legalized); and

  • Count single, unmarried LGBTQ people in future Censuses.