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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Equality

Throughout my career, I have firmly believed in President Abraham Lincoln's vision that our country is on an evolutionary path to full equality for all Americans and that the fight for human rights remains ongoing. I’ve always believed that it is our moral obligation to ensure justice for all, and not allow race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation to divide us.

As Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, I’ve been an outspoken advocate in the fight for marriage equality. To highlight the disproportionate impact poverty and income inequality has on the LGBT community, I’ve used my role on the Equality Caucus to bring together experts to talk about potential solutions through regular series of briefings on the “Economics of Equality”. I’m also proud to be a leader in Congress of the bipartisan, bicameral fight for a much needed change to the FDA’s outdated and discriminatory blood donation policy for gay men. I’ve also worked to protect the rights of LGBT individuals in immigration detention. And while full marriage equality was a momentous victory, it is hardly the end of the fight for full equality for all Americans. That is why I helped introduce the Equality Act, which is the first comprehensive bill designed to ban discrimination against LGBT individuals in the core areas of daily life including in public accommodations, housing, and employment.

As a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, I was proud to re-launch this important effort in March 2017.

Whether it’s fighting for marriage equality, opposing senseless discrimination, or standing up for those who cannot defend themselves, I believe that we must be guided by doing what’s right, what’s fair, and what’s just. Our country is at its best when all voices are heard and represented equally and we must always strive towards that goal. 


Rep. Quigley led his colleagues to introduce the bipartisan Equality Act. It would outlaw discrimination against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity.


Rep. Quigley has led the fight to change the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) discriminatory blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM).


As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Quigley questioned HUD Secretary Ben Carson regarding attacks on LGBTQ housing resources.


Rep. Quigley speaks about the formation of the Transgender Equality Task Force with Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus members and transgender activists, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

More on Equality

Oct 4, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Quigley led Members of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee in sending a letter to Housing Secretary Ben Carson on the missed deadline for review of crucial LGBT nondiscrimination guidance documents.
Aug 22, 2018 In the News
"A lot of the victories happen locally. Every governmental body can make a difference on ( LGBTQ ) issues: local school councils, state senators, aldermen, lawmakers in the county levels, townships. Don't give up on that ballot. Influence a generation of lawmakers."
Aug 20, 2018 In the News
"Ahead of the panel discussion, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) spoke about putting things into a wider context of what is happening politically in this country. He said that there is a battle for the soul of the U.S. and the only way to change things for the better is by Democrats gaining control of Congress in November."
Jul 23, 2018 In the News
Rep. Quigley stands up for LGBT rights as he meets with HUD Secretary, Ben Carson, and talk about the need for better funding and rules based around housing for LGBT couples.
Mar 20, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the following statement after he questioned HUD Secretary Ben Carson during today’s hearing.

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