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Another Historic First For President Biden As He Meets With LGBTQ Equality Caucus

Another Historic First For President Biden As He Meets With LGBTQ Equality Caucus

President Joe Biden met with the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus, making him the first President in history to do so since the Caucus was founded fourteen years ago.

Representatives Mondaire Jones (D-NY), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Ritchie Torres (D-NY), and David Cicilline (D-RI), the Chair of the LGBTQ Caucus, sat down with President Biden to primarily discuss the Equality Act, a bill which would add the protection of sexual orientation and gender identity to existing federal civil rights legislation, banning discrimination against LGBTQ people in a number of areas like education, public accommodations, and housing.

 

Founded in 2008, the mission of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is to promote equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Caucus, which is led by the nine openly LGBTQ+ members of the House of Representatives, is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. and around the world.

“I am grateful to President Biden for inviting Equality Caucus leadership to meet with him at the White House today,” said Rep. Cicilline. “President Biden has been the most vocal ally to the LGBTQ+ community we have ever had in the White House, and I thanked him for his unwavering support,” he continued. “We had a productive conversation about the pressing need for the Equality Act and other legislative and administrative actions to protect vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community in the face of the onslaught of anti-LGBTQ+ attacks happening in state legislatures across the country.”

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