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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut



Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans is deeply personal for me. I gave a gay rights speech when I was just 15 years old, and I’ve been a strong advocate ever since. It was truly an honor to welcome my brother’s husband into our family a few years ago. One of my proudest moments in the state legislature was voting for marriage equality.

Throughout my career – as a Supreme Court lawyer working on AIDS policies in the 1990s, later as a PTA mom and town councilmember, and now as a member of Congress – I have always worked hard to model and support love and respect for all people. I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 2013 PFLAG National Convention, especially because my mother, Mitzi Henderson, is a past president of PFLAG.

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges has made marriage equality the law of the land in all 50 states. This was an incredible victory in the movement for full equality, but there is still a great deal of work left to do to ensure that no American is fired from their job, denied an education, or evicted from their home simply because of who they are or whom they love. 

I am a coauthor of the Social Security and Marriage Equality (SAME) Act. My bill would ensure that all couples — regardless of who they love or where they live — receive the Social Security benefits they‘ve earned after lifetimes of hard work.

I’m currently fighting to pass the Equality Act – a historic civil rights bill to end discrimination against LGBT individuals in education, employment, housing, public accommodations, public accommodations, and other core areas of life. This legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

I remain committed to the continued fight for full equality under the law.
For more information concerning my work and views on LGBT equality, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty Speaks on House Floor in Honor of LGBT Pride Month

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February 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today joined with a bipartisan group of 150 House colleagues in calling for swift action by federal law enforcement agencies to address the wave of anonymous telephone bomb threats made against Jewish community centers (JCCs) across the country.

February 22, 2017 In The News

As we celebrate President's Day this week, I reflect on our country's leaders who guided and continue to guide our nation through highs and lows. Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy and their efforts to ensure that all people have equal rights, access and opportunity for success. Equal opportunity along with social and civil rights were, and continue to be, imperative in order for our country to thrive.Today, we can equate social and civil rights to economic opportunity - the chance for everyone to succeed.

February 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today joined with Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2) to introduce the Support the Families of Fallen Heroes Act to honor service members who lose their lives serving in uniform and to provide assistance to their families. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced similar legislation in the Senate today and in the 114th Congress.
February 3, 2017 Constituent Corner
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) this week shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Watertown resident Jahvon John, who worked with Esty to receive his United States citizenship.
February 2, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and Imam Hamid Malik together released the following statement today after attending the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast. Imam Malik, who attended the breakfast as Esty’s guest, is the Regional Imam for the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden, CT.
February 1, 2017 In The News

Love him or hate him, all who have followed Sen. Richard Blumenthal over his 40 years in public service know he is not bashful.

So it was more than a little counterintuitive to see Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ask Blumenthal to speak more directly into his microphone at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on confirming Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to be U.S. attorney general.

“I can start over if you like!’’ Blumenthal said, holding up his 25-minute speech urging Sessions’ defeat.

February 1, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty will take an imam from a Meriden mosque to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and plans to make a joint statement with him about religious tolerance.

Esty, a three-term Democrat who represents greater Danbury and the Fifth Congressional District, plans to make a statement Thursday with Imam Hamid Malik of the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden, according to a statement.

January 31, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and her colleagues from the state’s four other House districts co-sponsored a bill with 170 Democrats to overturn President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants of certain Muslim-majority countries, according to a release.

January 31, 2017 In The News

Connecticut’s congressional delegation is trying to take away the spending power of President Donald Trump to carry out his contentious executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations.

All seven Democrats have signed on to legislation seeking to block the program from taking effect, with Chris Murphy the lead author of the Senate version of the bill opposing Trump’s signature action. Its co-sponsors include Murphy’s Senate colleague, Richard Blumenthal.

January 31, 2017 Press Release
In a video statement to her constituents today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) pledged that she would “seek out every tool available” to overturn President Trump’s executive orders targeting immigrants and refugees.