LGBTQ Equality

I am a founding member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, because I believe that we must work to prevent and end discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Unfortunately, many people suffer from discrimination throughout their day, whether it is at school, in the workplace, in hospitals or even walking down the street. I have joined with my colleagues in the LGBT Equality Caucus and other members of the House of Representatives to support a number of initiatives addressing discrimination where it is felt.

We must end discrimination in the workplace, in access to benefits like Social Security and health care, and in immigration policies. I am a long-time supporter of the Equality Act, which we passed in 2019 and awaits Senate action, and my own office employment policy includes language that bans hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender self-image or identity.


I am committed to the idea that consenting adult couples should be able to enjoy all of the protections afforded by marriage, regardless of their sexual orientation.

More on LGBTQ Equality

July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement upon passage of H.R. 7608, a domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations bill:

“I voted YES for this funding bill because it invests in the health and well-being of our nation’s families and communities, and protects our nation’s diplomatic and humanitarian priorities around the globe.

June 19, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a founding member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, issued the following statement celebrating Pride Month and a 6-3 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court affirming that LGBTQ+ workers are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

June 17, 2020 Video

On this week's Plans & Pans, I discussed the Supreme Court's decision to protect LGBTQ+ Americans from employment discrimination.

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