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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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) welcomed Reverend John Carter, former Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, Connecticut to the 66th Annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. last week.
Esty and Carter meet the evening before the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement after the House’s passage of a resolution mandating sexual harassment training for lawmakers and staff in the wake of numerous allegations involving harassment on Capitol Hill:
“I am committed to creating a safe workplace that supports all of my staff, and doesn’t tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind,” Esty said. “For too long, the culture in Washington has accepted entirely unacceptable behavior. That needs to change – period.”