LGBTQ Protections Now in Place for Congressional Staffers
On the Democrats' first day in power, they passed a rules package that says that bars representatives and House employees from discriminating against LGBTQ people, according to LGBTQ Nation.
The LGBT Congressional Staff Association, or LGBT CSA, commended this decision, saying that it sends an impactful message about diversity within the House of Representatives, that LGBTQ people are welcome in DC and within the House, and that the House respects the identity and dignity of LGBTQ individuals.
The rules were approved 234 to 197, with the majority of Democrats being in favor, while the majority of Republicans in opposition. However, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ro Khanna of California were the two Democrats who opposed the rules, as it included a "pay-as-you-go" provision that requires new spending or tax cuts to be offset by raising taxes or by spending cuts.
Tom Reed and John Katko, both Republicans from New York, and Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Pennsylvania, all voted for the package.
This, in conjunction with the pro-LGBTQ measures that were passed last month, are both good signs that the US government is slowly but surely becoming more accepting of LGBTQ people and it is my hope that this trend continues.
h/t: LGBTQ Nation