“I am proud to live in a generation that considers discrimination against the LGBTQ community to be abhorrent. In Congress, I will put those values to work as an unwavering LGBTQ ally and advocate.”
– Arturo Carmona
Supporting LGBTQ rights remains a critical civil rights issue for our nation. Not only do we seek full federal equality for our LGBTQ community, but we also must challenge homophobia, transphobia, and all hate crimes directed at LGBTQ people.
In some parts of the country, you can still be fired for coming out as gay or queer. Trans women face extreme violence and harassment all over the country ─ this year alone, more than 25 trans women have been killed in the US; most were women of color. This is not only a moral embarrassment but a horrific national tragedy.
The fight isn’t over because of one Supreme Court decision. We must keep pressing ahead and fight alongside the LGBTQ community.
In Congress, I will support the following principles and laws:
Comprehensive and Inclusive Immigration Reform
There are nearly 400,000 undocumented LGBTQ individuals in the United States. As we advocate comprehensive immigration reform, we must diligently work to ensure their sexual and gender identities have no immigration consequences.
Customer Non-Discrimination Act
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 needs to be amended to include prohibited discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in public accommodations.
End Racial Profiling Act
We must prohibit federal, state, and local law enforcement from targeting a person based on actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation without absolute information that the individual has committed a crime.
To ensure full protection under the law for the LGBTQ community, we need a law that includes discrimination protections in all areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.
International Human Rights Defense Act
This law would build an unprecedented framework into U.S. diplomacy to protect LGBTQ rights worldwide, creating a special envoy within the U.S. State Department who would serve as principal adviser to the Secretary of State on LGBTQ issues.
Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act
The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) would reauthorize essential Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs, including prevention, emergency shelters, street outreach, transitional living, and assistance in rural areas. Notably, RHYTPA includes much-needed updates to the current Runaway and Homeless Youth programs, including an explicit nondiscrimination provision that would prohibit any provider of these services from discriminating against youth based on their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
Safe Schools Improvement Act
The bullying and harassment of students who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) is widespread. While current federal law provides important support to promote school safety, it does not comprehensively and expressly focus on issues of bullying or harassment, and in no way addresses the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in our nation’s schools.
Student Non-Discrimination Act
The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) would prohibit any school program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.