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Supporting LGBTQ+ Marylanders

As potentially Maryland's first out LGBTQ+ Member of Congress, my focus isn't on personal milestones but on the progress and representation of the LGBTQ+ community. With only 13 out LGBTQ+ Americans ever serving in Congress, visibility and advocacy in the legislature are crucial. I am dedicated to championing LGBTQ+ rights against increasing challenges. My agenda includes passing the Equality Act for nondiscrimination, enhancing health outcomes, protecting transgender individuals from harmful policies, and promoting LGBTQ+ rights globally.

In Congress, I will:

  • COSPONSOR the Equality Act, prohibiting discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system

  • COSPONSOR the PrEP Access and Coverage Act, requiring all insurance plans to cover preventative HIV medication at no out-of-pocket cost to patients

  • COSPONSOR the GLOBE Act, establishing an interagency group to respond to urgent threats to LGBTQ+ people in foreign countries, as well as a permanent Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTQ+ Peoples in the Department of State

  • COSPONSOR the International Human Rights Defense Act,  making the prevention and response to discrimination and violence against the LGBTQ+ community a foreign policy priority for the United States government

  • COSPONSOR the Pride in Mental Health Act, providing grants for mental health services for LGBTQ+ youth

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