Michael believes the United States should lead the world by example and use our leadership role to advocate for protecting the rights of the global LGBTI community and that we must work to fight hate and discrimination in all its forms. We must pass the EQUALITY Act to ensure that LGBTI is a protected class under U.S. anti-discrimination laws. Through engaging internationally, we should should leverage our diplomatic apparatus to fight for freedom from discrimination and equal opportunities for members of the LGBTI community around the world.
LGBTQ rights are human rights, whether in Kansas or Kampala, and I will fight for every person’s right to be who they are, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. First we must begin at home to reverse the Trump Administration’s broad assault on LGBTQ rights, including by allowing trans people to proudly serve in our military and reinstating protections for trans people in schools, healthcare, and more. I have been a longtime champion of the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender. Its passage would signal the beginning of true equality for LGBTQ Americans, for the first time ensuring equal protection under the law for every person, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Protecting LGBTQ rights must also be a key pillar of our human rights advocacy around the globe, including by expanding our resettlement of LGBTI refugees in need and passing the International Human Rights Defense Act, which would make preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against LGBTQ official U.S. policy and reinstate the special envoy for LGBTQ persons. Going further, our immediate goal should be to work bilaterally and multilaterally with countries to end the criminalization of same-sex relations, which is still illegal in nearly seventy countries.
No one should face discrimination or violence on account of who they or, whom they love or how they identify. This is true freedom that every person deserves.
In my Administration, discrimination against all LGBTI persons, and in particular transgender Americans, will end. I will reverse President Trump’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military and enforce non-discrimination protections in federal civil rights laws and the Affordable Care Act. I will support passage of the Equality Act, protect LGBTI asylum seekers, and strengthen efforts to end hate crimes targeting LGBTI persons here at home and around the world. I will work to reduce bullying; improve the health and well-being of LGBTI youth, parents, and families; address LGBT homelessness; and combat overrepresentation of LGBTI individuals in the criminal justice system. I will support efforts by States to end conversion therapy, such as done in Colorado.
Globally, I will advance LGBTI human rights and human rights more broadly as key elements of our foreign policy. We will develop targeted multilateral and diplomatic engagement to uphold LGBTI human rights in all corners of the world, including at the United Nations.
It is important that we restore American values of fairness, equality, and dignity which President Trump has eroded. Families, communities, and nations are stronger when we allow all individuals to be true to who they are.
The U.S. can advance LGBTI rights at home and abroad by promoting and embracing nondiscriminatory policies based on inclusiveness and equality. The Trump Administration’s discriminatory policies, including prohibiting transgender individuals from serving in the military and rolling back Obama Administration era LGBTI protections, should be reversed. In Congress I was a cosponsor of the Equality Act and would sign it into law as president. To advance LGBTI equality abroad, I would ensure that the position of United States Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons is filled and that the office has the resources needed to be effective.
No one should be persecuted because of whom they love. When the person flees draconian laws that put them in danger, the U.S. must provide asylum opportunities and support international institutions that support refugees. This is why I have called on fought to ensure that the State Department to work to ensure that LGBTI refugees are protected in their home countries, and when that is impossible, to expedite hat their flight to safety are expedited. And I have called on Secretary Pompeo to reverse the odious trend against the LGBTQ community – including to allow surrogate children of same-sex partners to receive their citizenship. At home, I have introduced bipartisan legislation to protect transgender service members. My bill would protect currently serving transgender service members and continue to allow new transgender service members to join the military. And I was the first presidential candidate to support a federal designation of a third gender.
In Washington state, we’ve protected and expanded the rights of our LGBTI community. We’ve banned conversion therapy, created birth certificates that allow for accurate representation of people’s gender identity, and I ensured that no Washington state employee would travel to a state with discriminatory “religious freedom” laws for anything other than essential business. Gender identity and sexual orientation are also protected under our state’s civil rights laws.
As president I would ensure the same is true across America by signing the Equality Act. I would also end Donald Trump’s shameful ban on transgender servicepersons and his efforts to restrict LGBTI people from enjoying the rights of marriage and adoption afforded to all Americans. I would also restore the focus on protecting LGBTI people in our diplomacy, challenging the policies of nations that discriminate or commit violence against their own LGBTI communities. I would also bring to an end U.S. immigration policies that disproportionately harm LGBTI immigrants.
Bernie believes it should not be a radical idea to guarantee everyone – regardless of sexuality or gender identity – equal protection under the law and that we must end discrimination in all forms. As President, he will:
People are people, love is love, and everyone must be treated equally under the law. Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity simply has no place in our society, and we must do all we can to stamp it out.
I have cosponsored bills including:
Abroad, we can use the Global Magnitsky Act to impose targeted sanctions against specific officials, agencies, and military units committing human rights abuses against LGBTQ people.
And we must always speak out. In January, I helped lead a bipartisan letter urging the Secretary of State to publicly condemn violence against the LGBTQ community in Chechnya and to pressure Russian leaders to stop this persecution.
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Every person should be treated with dignity and respect and feel safe to be who they are at home and abroad. The United States can start by being a leader on protecting LGBTI rights. I am a co-sponsor of the Equality Act in the Senate, and I believe Congress must pass this bill to ban discrimination against LGBTI individuals in employment, housing, and other areas. I introduced the Refund Equality Act to remove restrictions that prevent married same-sex couples from amending their federal tax returns and recouping money to which they are entitled. I led the fight against the discriminatory ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual people and pushed the FDA to change its policies. I co-sponsored legislation to eliminate the despicable practice of conversion therapy nationwide. I’ve also spoken up on behalf of groups battling to end bullying against young people – especially against LGBTI students – and supported several bills to strengthen schools’ efforts against bullying.
Additionally, I’ve spoken out against President Trump’s offensive, harmful, and entirely unjustified ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. Banning service members based on gender identity is shameful, unconstitutional, and makes us less safe. The only thing that matters when it comes to allowing military personnel to serve is whether or not they can handle the job. We must keep fighting until every American is free to be themselves and serve their country without discrimination.
At home, we need to ensure that protections for the equal rights of LGBTI individuals are enshrined in law. Transgender children in schools should have their rights protected, and transgender individuals who wish to enlist in the military should be allowed to do so.
Abroad, we need to bring sanctions against countries that are actively persecuting their LGBTI citizens. We also need to allow individuals who are facing persecution into the US – if other countries don’t want their talents, then we’ll be more than happy to have them.