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 I’m also proud to be a leader in Congress of the bipartisan, bicameral fight for a much needed change to the FDA’s outdated and discriminatory blood donation policy for gay men.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

Sep 30, 2009 Press Release
Cong. Quigley to join Hall of Fame as Friend of the Chicago LGBT Community.
Sep 15, 2009 Speeches
"This will allow people privacy and the right to make decisions that are most important to them. But most of all, it is about respect for what they decide to do with their own lives..." "
Sep 15, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Quigley and lead cosponsors introduce new legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Aug 28, 2009 Press Release
CHICAGO Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley issued the following statement regarding tomorrow's anniversary of Emmett Till's death (August 28, 1955) and the civil rights March on Washington (August 28, 1963), recognizing our nations ongoing fight for equal rights for all Americans.
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.