LGBT Rights

Equal means equal

Since her early days on City Council, Carolyn Maloney has fought to uplift underserved and marginalized communities through advocacy, legislation, and leadership. As a member of the Congressional LGBT Caucus, she has pushed to pass legislation that ensures that the LGBT community is treated equally under the law and protected from discrimination. 

 

  • Playing a significant role in the release of Chin Mei Tsui, a trans man held in solitary confinement by DHS for over a year.

 

  • Increasing access to PEP and PrEP medications by sponsoring single-payer healthcare for all.
     

  • Opposing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and voting for its repeal in 2010 (H.R. 2965), to end the ban preventing service members from speaking about and hiding their sexual orientation. 

 

  • Fighting against the Trump administration’s efforts to prohibit same-sex couples from adopting children and unequivocally supporting the LGBT community’s right to adopt.
     

  • Opposing the Trump Administration’s rollbacks for ACA protections for the LGBTQ+ community

 

  • Advocating for the rights of LGBT couples around the world and resolutely condemning politics and actions by foreign nations that jeopardize these rights. Carolyn played an important role in the eventual repeal of the 2010 Anti-Homosexuality bill in Uganda, co-signing a letter with Congressional colleagues and providing testimony to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
     

  • As a New York City Councilwoman, Carolyn introduced the first domestic partnership bill in the state - at the time, deemed so controversial she had to fight to have the bill printed.
     

  • Pressuring the FDA to relax blanket deferrals on the LGTBQ+ community for blood donation, and winning a relaxing of this rule before continuing to pressure for rules that weigh donations on individual risk rather than blanket bans.

 

  • Sponsor, H.R. 1751: Family Medical Leave Inclusion Act. Introduced in 2013, this Act offers all of the protections of the Family Medical Leave Act to same-sex couples. 

 

  • Co-Sponsor, H.Res. 989: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that blood donation policies in the United States should be equitable and based on science. Introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff in 2020. 

 

  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 5: Equality Act. Bans sex, sexual orientation, and gender discrimination in a variety of public spaces. Introduced in 2019 by Rep. David Cicilline. 

 

  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 5374: Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2018. Prohibits discrimination against public school students because of their sexual orientation. Introduced by Rep. Jared Polis. 

 

  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 2895: LGBT Pride Act. Requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine the sexual orientations of those in the National Violent Death Reporting System in order to better understand violence against the LGBT community. Introduced in 2017 by Rep. Sean Maloney. 

 

  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 3017: Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009. Prevents employers and other relevant organizations from discriminating against individuals based on their sexual orientation. Introduced by Rep. Frank Barney. 

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