This year, mid-term elections have shown an unprecedented rainbow wave! Voters elected more than 240 out of 432 LGBTQ candidates, or 56.5% of them.
Last week, they met at the LGBTQ Victory Institute’s International LGBTQ Leaders Conference. The LGBTQ Victory Institute is a group that supports and educates LGBTQ people who want to hold public office.
Together they wrote a letter in which they urge the next Congress to work on these four key initiatives:
- The passage of The Equality Act to extend protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- The reduction of HIV/AIDS:
- by establishing a Congressional Advisory Commission on HIV/AIDS
- by advocating for a goal of “Getting to Zero” to bring an end to this disease
- and by taking proactive efforts to address the continuing disparities in diagnoses and treatment in communities of color.
- Protections for transgender people against anti-trans measures.
- Improvement of LGBTQ rights:
- by opposing efforts to change the asylum system that would make it more difficult for LGBTQ+ people who are facing persecution and violence in their home countries from seeking asylum in the United States
- and by ensuring LGBTQ+ Rights are a cornerstone of our foreign policy at the United Nations and worldwide.
“LGBTQ political power is growing thanks to the rainbow wave of LGBTQ people who won elected office in November–and this letter is the first sign of us wielding that new power,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute.
“The current U.S. Congress failed to advance equality policies and legislation that most Americans support: non-discrimination protections, addressing the HIV/AIDS crisis, protecting trans people from abusive policies, and being a moral voice on the global stage,” she added.
“The next Congress can remedy these wrongs and LGBTQ elected officials are determined to add their voice and energize their constituents around these important measures. The officials who attended our conference and signed this letter won elected office because voters demanded authentic, values-driven leadership. That is what they are delivering on and we hope the new Congress delivers as well.”
This letter will be sent to the next Congress next year. 152 people have signed it so far.
The full text of the letter and the complete list of signatories are available here: victoryinstitute.org/116congressletter/
LGBTQ elected officials have launched an initiative that discusses the four most important inequalities facing our community.