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LGBTQ+

Vision End Trump’s Discriminatory Policies Protect Trans and Non-Binary People from Violence Equality Act Health Care Protect LGBTQ+ Communities Across the Globe

Thanks to the tireless efforts of generations of LGBTQ+ activists and allies, we have made important progress toward equality. Over the past decade, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been repealed and marriage equality has become the law of the land. And yet—we have far more work to do to ensure every person, regardless of who they are or who they love, is treated equal. As president, Beto will sign executive orders to end the assault on LGBTQ+ rights and protect the safety of trans women of color; work with Congress to enact legislation, including The Equality Act, which would ban discrimination against LGBTQ+ people; and partner with our allies to strengthen protections for LGBTQ+ people around the globe.

It’s long past time for LGBTQ+ Americans to have full equality and protection under federal law—and Beto’s plan would ensure every American has a right to live safely, openly, and free from discrimination.

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Beto believes we need to reverse the Trump Administration’s discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. As president, he will immediately take executive action to:

  • Overturn the transgender troop ban
  • Overturn “Deploy or Get Out”
  • Reverse efforts to block access to health care for LGBTQ+ people
  • Reverse efforts to allow discrimination against same-sex families in adoption and foster care
  • Reverse attempts to expand religious exemptions in order to enable discrimination or harm others
  • End the Administration’s exclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as protected under sex discrimination under Title VII and Title IX
  • Support and reinvigorate the Presidential HIV/AIDS Advisory Council, which President Trump decimated

Beto believes we need to protect trans and non-binary people, in particular trans women of color, from violence. As president, Beto will:

  • Direct the DOJ to investigate crimes against trans people, specifically trans women of color
  • Ensure law enforcement agencies receive training related to implicit bias, use of force, and accurately reporting the gender of victims
  • Reinstate the Bureau of Prisons’ “Transgender Offender Manual” to ensure safe housing for trans people in BOP custody
  • Modernize laws to allow trans and non-binary individuals to update their name and gender on identity documents

Beto believes we have a responsibility to ensure every person in our country is safe, respected, and free from discrimination. As president, Beto will:

  • Work with Congress to pass The Equality Act and sign it into law—so LGBTQ+ people may fully participate in public life without discrimination in employment, housing, and access to public spaces and services, such as retail stores and banking services.

 

Beto believes LGBTQ+ people have a right to equal access to health insurance and culturally competent health care, including hormone and other gender-affirming treatments and HIV prevention and treatment. As president, he will:

  • Create a universal health care system with explicit protections against discrimination—and until we reach the promise of universal care, he will continue to support programs, like the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, that provide care for uninsured individuals with HIV
  • Tackle price gouging by drug companies so critical and effective treatments like PrEP are accessible and affordable

Beto believes we have a responsibility to protect LGBTQ+ people not only in America, but around the world. As president, Beto will:

  • Implement foreign policy that will reduce violence against the LGBTQ+ community, by:
    • Improving the process for LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers fleeing violence and persecution
    • Working with allies to secure a global treaty through the International Law commission of the United Nations that explicitly protects individuals from persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
    • Investing in the Global Equality Fund which provides assistance to groups that support the human rights of LGBTQ+ people
    • Establishing a Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTQ+ people within the Department of State