More than 150 LGBT elected officials from across the nation signed a letter last week urging Congress to make LGBT rights a priority.

These elected officials attended Victory Institute’s International LGBTQ Leaders Conference with the goal of ensuring the incoming Congress prioritizes four LGBT equality initiatives.

The first initiative is the Equality Act, a major bill that “would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation.” The three other initiatives include policies to reduce the spread of HIV, protect transgender people, and improve the U.S.’s commitment to LGBT rights globally.

This letter of priority intent will go to the next session of Congress, which is scheduled to reconvene the first week of January.

Signatories include councilmembers, state senators, representatives, mayors and more. Locally Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Steven Glassman signed the letter. Elsewhere in Florida signatories include Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida State Representative and Jennifer Webb, Florida State Representative-Elect.

As part of the “Rainbow Wave,” an analysis of the midterm elections show that over half of the elected LGBT candidates won their races in November.

Lastly the letter calls several actions of the current administration “anti-trans,” including the ban on trans people in the military, and the revocation of federal guidelines specifying that trans students can use public restrooms.


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