Every American deserves equal treatment under the law--no exceptions.
Same-sex couples are entitled to access the same federal benefits as any other Texas family, and we should protect people from discrimination in every aspect of public life. LGBTQIA+ Americans are entitled to full federal equality.
As the sister of an out gay woman who grew up in small town Texas, Julie knows that LGBTQIA Texans are not asking for special treatment -- they’re asking for equal treatment, under the law.
But despite the hard-fought progress made since the Stonewall riots, LGBTQIA Americans are still not guaranteed equal protection under the law. In Texas, your employer can fire you, simply because of who you choose to love. In Texas and in many states, you can be denied housing, or you can be barred from adopting a child in need of a loving home, simply because of your orientation or gender expression.
And across the country, transgender Americans are subjected to alarming rates of violence. Texas leads the country in fatal violence against Black transgender women. And a volatile combination of a lack of strong laws to prevent gun violence along with a culture of animosity directed towards the LGBTQ+ community by Texas Republican leadership, has led to very real dangers for LGBTQ, transgender, and intersex Texans.
And we have to pass the Equality Act, once and for all, so that we can update our federal laws to ensure comprehensive protection for LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and access to public spaces. The Equality Act would ensure all people have the rights they deserve.
Discrimination is still an urgent issue in this country that demands a federal response. Every American must be treated equally under the law, and everyone should be entitled to dignity, respect, and safety at home, at school, or at work, no matter what.
In Congress, Julie will support legislation to:
- 1. Supporting the Equality Act (H.R. 5), which would ensure that LGBTQIA Americans are afforded the same protections as any other protected class under federal law.
- 2. Fighting for legislation that guarantees same-sex couples access the same federal benefits as any other Texas family and repealing the Defense of Marriage (DOMA) Act, which allows states to refuse to recognize a couple’s lawful marriage.
- 3. Ensuring same sex couples equal access to benefits like social security, regardless of the state where they live.
- 4. Ensuring that every American has high-quality health coverage through Medicare for All, including mental health coverage, and the full suite of reproductive healthcare services.
- 5. Banning the so-called “panic defense”, which allows defendants to use a victim’s orientation or gender identity to justify an assault.
- 6. Reversing Donald Trump’s discriminatory and unconstitutional transgender troop ban, including discharges that may have resulted from the ban.
- 7. Ensuring that all Americans are paid equally and treated fairly, regardless of their gender or orientation and supporting policies that end wage discrimination and close the gender pay gap.
- 8. Including those fleeing persecution for gender identity or orientation as a “vulnerable population” with access to the asylum process as we update our immigration laws to reflect our values of humanity and civil rights.
- 9. Supporting the Disarm Hate Act (H.R. 2708) which would prevent those convicted of hate crimes from obtaining firearms, as well as a suite of strong, common sense gun safety laws that would aid in stopping bias-fueled violence against LGBT+ and transgender Americans.
- 10. Banning the harmful and debunked practice of conversion therapy, and supporting legislation that ensures that no federal dollars are used in any way toward conversion therapy.
- 11. Revoking the tax-exempt status of 501(c)(3) groups like the Family Research Council, which has been designated a hate group and whose sole purpose is engaging in political activity and lobbying, and opposing any attempt to repeal the Johnson Amendment.
- 12. Supporting the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 3114), which would prohibit any child welfare agency receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against any potential foster or adoptive family on the basis of religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
- 13. Ensuring that same-sex couples are entitled to the same benefits of paid family leave and universal childcare under laws like the FAMILY Act (H.R. 1185).
- 14. Enshrining reproductive justice into law according to the precedent set by Roe v. Wade for all people, regardless of gender, and repealing the Hyde amendment.
- 15. Reforming our criminal justice system by ending for-profit prisons, unwinding mass incarceration, and increasing police accountability in a way that recognizes that LGBT+ Americans face disproportionate threats in our criminal justice system.