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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.

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"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."

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More on LGBT Equality

June 6, 2016 In The News

WASHINGTON — When North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed HB 2 into law in March, with the swish of a pen, he overturned all of the state’s local ordinances that protected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from being discriminated against.

But there was another consequence to the sweeping anti-LGBT law: It wiped out local anti-discrimination protections for veterans, too.

June 1, 2016 In The News

A leading civil-rights group issued a scathing report Wednesday on gay-to-straight "conversion therapy" and called for Congress to make the practice an act of criminal fraud.

June 1, 2016 In The News

One vote. That’s all it took on Thursday, May 19, with House Speaker Paul Ryan holding the floor open long enough for GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California to pressure seven Republicans to switch their votes and kill a measure to protect LGBT rights. Chaos erupted as Democrats shouted “Shame! Shame!” after members voted 213-212 to defeat an amendment by out New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to uphold an executive order by President Obama that prohibits discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors.

May 26, 2016 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after House Republicans voted to defeat the Energy and Water Bill bearing an amendment to uphold President Obama's historic executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors:

May 20, 2016 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – California Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), issued the following statement after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy forced Republican Members on Thursday to change their votes to reverse adoption of a measure to prevent federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT individuals:

May 19, 2016 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after voting against anti-LGBT measures in the National Defense Authorization Act and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. 

May 17, 2016 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, in honor of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) joined the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus in bringing attention to the discrimination suffered by the LGBT community throughout the world.
 

April 28, 2016 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement following Senators Patty Murray (D | WA) and Cory Booker (D | NJ) introducing legislation to empower the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on so-called “conversion therapy” that falsely claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

March 9, 2016 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ICYMI: REP. TED LIEU & DAVID DINIELLI OP-ED ON SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”

March 8, 2016 Opinion: Op-Eds

https://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/272266-lieu-and-dinielli-time-to-put-an-end-to-conversion-therapy 

Recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Human Rights Campaign and National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging it to investigate the organization People Can Change.

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