While many have noted the assault on the LGBTQIA community by the current administration, the fact is that Congress has refused to act on anti-LGBTQIA discrimination for decades. We must pass comprehensive legislation that guarantees the promise of liberty and freedom for ALL Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

All Americans deserve dignity, liberty, and equality under the law. While much attention has been given to anti-LGBTQIA legislation in the states, such as North Carolina’s HB2, and the stripping of protections by the current administration, the fact is that all of this is only possible because of the inaction of the establishment in Congress. Even as anti-LGBTQIA violence skyrockets, especially against LGBTQIA people of color, establishment politicians stay silent and enable hatred to run rampant. We must protect LGBTQIA Americans by passing comprehensive protections and addressing the specific issues pertaining to the LGBTQIA community.