Supporting the LGBTQ Community
I have a deep and abiding commitment to civil and human rights. Disparities in treatment due to immutable characteristics, whether based on race, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation are unacceptable. I believe deeply that every individual has the right to live openly as they identify. The binary construct of male and female, as though each of these identities were unique or discreet, is flawed and has led to serious abuses and mistreatment of individuals who do not fall neatly into one or the other of those constructs. I will bring that sensibility to the legislature and will advocate and vote for legislation that addresses discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. I will support laws banning “conversion therapy” and will support measures that help to create welcoming environments in our government, healthcare institutions, schools, and workplaces.