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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois


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 I’m also proud to be a leader in Congress of the bipartisan, bicameral fight for a much needed change to the FDA’s outdated and discriminatory blood donation policy for gay men.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

Aug 18, 2009 Press Release
CHICAGO Responding to a Justice Department filing (Smelt v. United States U.S. District Court in California) stating that the Obama Administration "does not support DOMA as a matter of policy," Cong. Mike Quigley (D-IL) issued the following statement:"It is encouraging to see the Administration state in a court document what we all know to be true that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is discriminatory and demands repeal.
Aug 6, 2009 Press Release
CHICAGO Today, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) saluted veterans from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities at "With Liberty and Justice For All" - the nations only municipally-sponsored, military salute to LGBT veterans.
Jul 17, 2009 Press Release
Recently, Cong. Mike Quigley (D-IL) presented a special Congressional Record statement to the Windy City Gay Chorus to commemorate the organizations 30th anniversary and recognize the organizations dedication and enormous contribution to the community.
Jun 26, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, U.S Rep. Mike Quigley (IL) proudly joined Representatives Barney Frank (MA), Tammy Baldwin (WI), and Jared Polis (CO) to announce the introduction of the 2009 Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Jun 17, 2009 Press Release
Before leaving Washington for a weekend at home in the 5th District, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) sent a personal letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to recognize same-sex married couples in the 2010 Census.