Throughout history, LGBTQ+ people have routinely been subject to persecution. As a society, we've made some progress, but we can't get complacent. LGBTQ+ individuals deserve guaranteed equal treatment and rights under the law. It is time we make it crystal clear that everyone is entitled to a life free of discrimination.
Existing civil rights laws will be amended to explicitly ban the discrimination of LGBTQ+ people. Passing the Equality Act, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, and other bills will ensure this.
We need to ensure that there is no LGBTQ+ discrimination when it comes to health care providers and that any specific LGBTQ+ healthcare needs are covered by Medicare for All.
We need to dedicate resources to support LGBTQ+ youth who experience homelessness, incarceration, and substance abuse at disproportionately high rates.
Sam stands with the LGBTQ+ community entirely and vows to advance good public policy that protects, supports, and ensures their rights under law.