Rep. Pocan is Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, where he helps lead the more than 100 caucus members on civil rights and equality issues. Rep. Pocan is a leading co-sponsor of the Equality Act, legislation that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex. He is also the sponsor of the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, a bill to prevent discrimination at colleges and universities, and the Restore Honor to Service Members Act, a bill to restore the status and benefits of service members discharged due to their sexual orientation.
Rep. Pocan has strongly opposed the Trump Administration’s numerous attacks on the LGBTQ community, including speaking out against the Administration’s transgender military ban, the Department of Justice’s support for the defendant in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and the stripping of protections for LGBTQ Americans. Rep. Pocan has also spoken out against the Trump Administration’s attacks on transgender students and support for discrimination against LGBTQ students by voucher schools. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Pocan vocally opposed the Aderholt Amendment, which would allow providers to discriminate against the LGBT individuals and couples in adoption and foster care services.
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