As the first-elected openly gay state lawmaker in Florida, I have worked hard to push for a more equitable and inclusive society for the LGBTQ community, as well as all others who have faced discrimination in their life. In Congress, I will protect the equality and rights of the LGBTQ community, and I will ensure specific issues like LGBTQ youth homelessness and adoption have the federal support they deserve.
When I was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in August, 2012, I became my state's first openly gay state legislator. In this role, I have worked hard to push for a more equitable and inclusive society for LGBTQ folks and all Floridians who have faced discrimination in everyday life. I have been an active supporter of organizations that work to promote LGBTQ equality. I intend to fight the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress as they try to turn back the clock on everything from LGBTQ rights to women's rights to climate change to healthcare. As a progressive, I promise to move the country forward, and I have to stop Republicans from pushing it backward.
In the State Legislature, I worked to rid our state of its gay adoption ban statute, and now certain same-sex parents can legally adopt a child in the state of Florida without court action. I successfully added funds over many years for an LGBTQ youth homelessness program in Miami-Dade County. However, backward-thinking forces in Tallahassee blocked our attempt to pass a Competitive Workforce Act that bans discrimination against LGBTQ employees. There is more work to be done, and I will push Congress to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community nationwide.
Cosponsor the Equality Act (S. 1006/H.R. 2282), which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Oppose efforts to use one's religious beliefs as a justification to discriminate against LGBTQ people in the public sphere.
Oppose any attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution to deny rights to same-sex couples or allow discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
Cosponsor and pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act, a federal bill that would prohibit public schools from discriminating against students based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Protect the civil institution of marriage (with absolutely no requirements imposed on houses of worship) and ensure it's legally available to two committed adults of any gender.
Support increased funding for HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care services and research
Support a comprehensive federal response to address anti-transgender violence
Support giving appropriate judicial authorities the full authority to make decisions on child custody and adoption based on the best interest of the child, without bans based on sexual orientation or gender identity