LGBTQ+ Rights

Leah believes that the landmark Supreme Court civil rights decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry is only the beginning of the fight for LGBTQ+ equity. Threats to roll back hard-won rights have become a constant reality and the advancement of nondiscrimination legislation has stalled. In Congress, Leah will fight to protect LGBTQ+ rights and work hard to pass greater protections. She will be a vocal ally, working with other members of Congress to pass the Equality Act, to provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ individuals across areas that include employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.

Leah will reintroduce the Student Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. She will fight to pass the Customer Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in public accommodations. She will also work to protect and reinforce adoption and foster care policies that are open to LGBTQ+ families. Leah also supports comprehensive sex education that includes consent and LGBTQ+ identities.

When elected, Leah will work to pass a bill that bans conversion therapy; otherwise known as sexual orientation/gender identity change efforts, or reparative therapy, as a therapeutic practice nationwide. Individuals of all ages that endure this abuse may end up suffering from a range of problems from depression to suicidal thoughts. By banning this abuse, fewer LGBTQ+ individuals will be forced to question who they are. As a cisgender straight woman, Leah realizes that she needs the voices of the LGBTQ+ community to advise her regarding their lived experiences. She is very proud that two of her campaign co-chairs are strong LGBTQ+ leaders within the 8th Congressional District.