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posted Friday, September 27, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 39
HRC and Jonathan Van Ness join LGBTQ advocates across US on Capitol Hill for fall Lobby Day
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HRC and Jonathan Van Ness join LGBTQ advocates across US on Capitol Hill for fall Lobby Day

WASHINGTON, DC (September 26, 2019) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that 'Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness will join the organization and hundreds of LGBTQ members and volunteers on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and encourage support for issues critical to the LGBTQ community - including calling for the US Senate to pass the Equality Act [and] opposing the Trump-Pence administration's discriminatory ban on transgender service members.

'As the Trump-Pence administration continues its attacks on the LGBTQ community, it's more important than ever for members of Congress - from both parties - to stand up for their LGBTQ constituents,' said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. 'The Human Rights Campaign's fall Lobby Day provides a critical opportunity for our grassroots army of volunteers to make the case for pro-equality policies and legislation directly to the leaders who represent them in Congress. We are grateful to the nearly 76 participants who will make their voices heard, and to the lawmakers who continue to fight for the rights of their LGBTQ constituents.'

Participants will hold 124 meetings with congressional offices to discuss issues critical to the LGBTQ community, including, but not limited to the following:

" Calling the US Senate to the pass the Equality Act, bipartisan legislation that would add clear, comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people to our nation's civil rights laws.

" Opposing the Trump-Pence administration's attempts to enact a discriminatory ban on transgender military service members.

" Support the PrEP Access and Coverage Act to expand the access to and affordability of PrEP to prevent transmission of HIV.

" Supporting the FAMILY Act to ensure paid family and medical leave.

" Supporting the Voting Rights Advancement Act to reauthorize a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Jonathan Van Ness will also join HRC volunteers and members on Capitol Hill today. Van Ness, who is nonbinary, is best known for his role on Netflix's 'Queer Eye.' His recently released memoir 'Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love,' provides a powerful look into Van Ness' journey to embrace self-love and acceptance.

The HRC's Lobby Day is a critical cornerstone of the organization's federal advocacy efforts in Washington. The HRC's staff work throughout the year to win support for pro-LGBTQ legislation, at all levels of government. This work is complemented by the HRC members and volunteers who were able to talk to and influence their representatives, both on Lobby Day and throughout the year. This critical constituent feedback can help convince members of Congress to take a powerful stance on LGBTQ issues, and advocate for their constituents.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

Courtesy of the HRC

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