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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

LGBT Equality

In between press interviews, Congressman Lieu joins LGBT activists on the steps of the Supreme Court to celebrate the court's historic ruling on marriage equality.


"The LGBT movement has made incredible strides and achieved victories that seemed impossible even five or ten years ago.  However, there is great work left to be done as we continue to combat ignorance and bigotry. LGBT Americans still face significant barriers to marriage equality, equal access to education, and strong protections against employment discrimination. Our country’s founding principles of liberty and equality will not be fully realized until we eliminate injustices such as conversion therapy and discrimination based on orientation or gender identity. We must engage in a tireless mssion to secure a better future for all Americans, no matter who they love."


More on LGBT Equality

June 11, 2017 In The News

Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains.

May 3, 2017 In The News

The Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to California's conversion therapy ban this week, effectively upholding the law that prohibits licensed counselors such as social workers and therapists from offering therapy aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation or gender identity, a practice that's been widely discredited as ineffective and harmful.

May 2, 2017 In The News

It appears the United States government is finally doing right by its citizens. On Monday, The U.S. Supreme Court left intact California's 2012 law banning "gay conversion" therapy.

The measure, which will remain in place, bans licensed doctors, psychologists, family therapists, and social workers from administering any therapy that attempts to change a person's sexual orientation or identity.

May 1, 2017 Press Release


WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a challenge to the constitutionality of the state of California’s law banning so-called “gay conversion therapy.”   Mr. Lieu authored the CA ban on conversion therapy in 2012.

April 28, 2017 In The News

In a huge step forward for LGBTQ rights, Democrats in Congress have just introduced a bill that would ban conversion therapy across the nation.

Called the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017, and introduced by Representative Ted Lieu (D-Ca.), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wa.), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), the bill would label conversion therapy treatments as fraud with the Federal Trade Commission, bringing an end to most anti-LGBTQ therapy programs across the country.

April 27, 2017 In The News

Trying to change someone's sexual orientation could soon become a thing of the past — not to mention illegal. 

This week, Democratic lawmakers introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017, which would allow the Federal Trade Commission to classify practitioners of conversion therapy, a therapy meant to change a person's sexual orientation, as fraudulent. 

April 27, 2017 In The News

Democratic lawmakers this week introduced a bill that would ban the practice of “conversion therapy,” treatments that historically have targeted the LGBT community and claim to be able to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

April 25, 2017 Press Release


WashingtonToday, Congressman Lieu and 68 Members of Congress introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 to stop so-called “conversion therapy.” Conversion therapy falsely purports to change an individual’s sexual orientation. It is wholly ineffective and causes serious harm to those subjected to it. 

April 25, 2017 In The News

A bill to ban conversion therapy died last year in Congress. On Tuesday, they'll file it again.

March 22, 2017 Press Release