The Congressional Equality Caucus, formerly the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, said it would push back against anti-LGBTQ legislation while announcing their new leadership.
“We are witnessing a dangerous increase in anti-LGBTQI+ hate, legislation, and violence that we must forcibly push back against and defeat,” said U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), the new chair of the caucus. “The Equality Caucus will do everything in our power to defeat anti-LGBTQI+ bills and amendments proposed by extremist anti-LGBTQI+ politicians this Congress, especially those targeting our transgender and nonbinary community members. As we push back on these attacks, we will also continue to push forward a positive vision for full inclusivity and equality of LGBTQI+ people in this country.”
Pocan replaces U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) as the caucus chair.
Newly sworn-in U.S. Rep. Eric Sorensen (D-Moline) is a member of the caucus.
Founded in 2008, the mission of the Congressional Equality Caucus is to promote equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.