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LGBTQIA+ Equality

The LGBTQIA+ community’s struggle did not end with the legalization of same-sex marriage. In many states, it is still legal for employers to fire someone for being gay. In many states it is still legal to deny someone housing for being transgender. That is unacceptable and must change.

We must end discrimination in all forms. People in the LGBTQIA+ community are disproportionately affected by the lack of access to housing, education, and healthcare, they are also more likely to be the victims of police violence and workplace discrimination; among many other types of discrimination.

Isiah will fight in Congress to uplift the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community by:

  • Prioritizing protections for LGBTQIA+ people in the U.S. and around the world.

  • Voting to sanction countries that persecute LGBTQIA+ persons.

  • Introducing legislation such as H.R.2282 -“Equality Act”; which amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation;

  • S.1303- “Every Child Deserves a Family Act” which prohibits adoption or foster care placement entities that receive federal assistance from using the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of a prospective adoptive or foster parent, or from using the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child, to: (1) deny a person the opportunity to become an adoptive or foster parent; (2) delay or deny the placement of a child for adoption or into foster care; or (3) require different or additional screenings or procedures for adoptive or foster placement decisions, including whether to seek the termination of birth parent rights or to make a child legally available for adoptive placement;

  • H.R.5374 -“Student Non-Discrimination Act”; which prohibits discrimination, under a federally assisted program, against public school students on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or that of their associates.

  • Advance policies to ensure LGBTQIA+ students can attend school without fear of bullying, and work to reduce suicides.

  • Supporting police departments adopting policies to ensure fairer interactions with transgender people, especially transgender women of color who are often targeted by police unfairly, and instituting training programs to promote compliance with fair policies.

  • Fighting against discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people by lenders and banks so that people will not be unfairly denied mortgages, credit cards, or business loans.

  • Strongly opposing any legislation that purports to “protect” religious liberty at the expense of LGBTQIA+ rights.

  • Banning all forms of conversion therapy.

  • Providing funding for mental health services geared towards LGBTQIA+ youth.

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