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LGBTQ Equality

While we’ve made significant progress on equality for our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters, much unfinished work remains to ensure true and lasting equality for this community and all American families.

In Congress, I’m committed to advancing commonsense legislation that ensures all Americans can live their American Dream, regardless of who they are or who they love. My priorities include:

  • Passing the Equality Act, signature Civil Rights legislation of which I’m a proud original co-sponsor,
  • Repealing the hateful and backwards ban on trans+ servicemembers,
  • Ending health disparities that continue to negatively impact the LGBTQ+ community and
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ students in the classroom and during after school activities.

In order to maintain a dialogue with the Chicagoland’s diverse LGBTQ+ community, I established an LGBTQ+ Advisory Task Force. The Task Force meets quarterly with me and other special guests to discuss key policy issues impacting the community. For more information on the Task Force, please contact my Deputy District Director, Tony Presta, at the Matteson Office.

More on LGBTQ Equality

Mar 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Robin Kelly (IL-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Diana DeGette (CO-01) today led 35 of their House colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, asking the administration to establish a White House Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing (OSRHW) under the Domestic Policy Council.

Apr 21, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL – On Monday morning, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), co-chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, hosted a COVID19 conference call discussion with members of the Illinois Second District LGBTQ Task Force.

On the call, Congresswoman Robin Kelly gave an update on the three enacted COVID19 response bills and efforts to pass new legislation to support families, small businesses and communities.

Sep 27, 2019 In The News

“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness discussed the Equality Act, which would codify civil rights protections for LGBT people, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after meeting with her Thursday.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement following passage of the bipartisan Equality Act by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“With today’s vote, we sent a strong message that love is love. No matter who you are or who you love, you are a person worthy of dignity, respect and equal protection under the law.

Dec 20, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) sent a letter to Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. The letter requested clarifying information about Microsoft’s decision to eliminate forced arbitration in sexual harassment cases.

Jul 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement following President Trump’s tweets regarding U.S. military policy toward transgender soliders, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines.

“Any American who stands up and volunteers to serve this great nation deserves our respect.

Feb 23, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement following President Trump's decision to revoke guidance protecting transgender students.

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