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 I’m also proud to be a leader in Congress of the bipartisan, bicameral fight for a much needed change to the FDA’s outdated and discriminatory blood donation policy for gay men.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.
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U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Rick Larsen (WA-02) urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to overturn the FDA’s outdated and discriminatory guidance on blood donation by men who have sex with men. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, Larsen and Quigley outlined the critical need for blood donations from all healthy donors, regardless of sexual orientation. Quigley has long championed a change in MSM blood donor policy.
Today, during a hearing on HUD’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, confronted Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson over his Department’s continued discrimination against LGBTQ+ Americans. Quigley’s two exchanges with Carson focused on his department’s continued failure to protect LGBTQ+ individuals who seek emergency housing in places like shelters and who face undue discrimination in seeking all forms of housing.
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Chris Pappas (NH-01), and Barbara Lee (CA-13), members of the Congressional Equality Caucus, sent a letter with 30 of their colleagues calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reassess an outdated and discriminatory policy that prohibits gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding Member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, led over forty members of Congress in calling for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release all transgender individuals currently in detention. LGBTQ immigrants are 97 times more likely to be sexually victimized in detention than straight and cis-gender immigrants and at least two transgender women, Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez and Johana Medina León, died in ICE custody.
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement after learning of the passing of Richard Pfeiffer, coordinator of the annual Chicago Pride Parade since 1974 and a member of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame: