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 I’m also proud to be a leader in Congress of the bipartisan, bicameral fight for a much needed change to the FDA’s outdated and discriminatory blood donation policy for gay men.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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The House Committee on Appropriations this week approved the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill, which includes several initiatives championed by Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05). As part of this legislation, the Committee approved funding requested by Quigley for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, gun violence research, and Title X Family Planning.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Housing, pressed U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson over his Department’s longstanding failure to review LGBT nondiscrimination guidance documents, which the Department removed from their website in early 2017 and formally declined to reinstate on March 6, 2019.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding Member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, released the following statement after the House passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military: