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

April 28, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s hearing oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a key marriage equality case:

October 6, 2014 Press Release

CHICAGO –  Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a founding member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, issued the following statement upon the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a series of marriage equality cases:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is another in a series of victories for LGBT equality.  I am very happy for LGBT couples in Wisconsin, Indiana, Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma who can now marry and receive the same treatment under the law as traditionally married couples. 

July 21, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C.– Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after President Obama signed his executive order banning federal contractors from workplace discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity:

“As a founding member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, I am committed to ensuring that this community has the same legal protections as everyone else.  The President’s Executive Order extends critical workplace protections for thousands of Americans employed by federal contractors, and I applaud it. 

June 20, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement after President Barack Obama’s announcement that, in almost all instances, federal benefits and obligations for same-sex married couples would be provided regardless of where the couple resides:

“I applaud President Obama’s continued action to extend equality to LGBT Americans. Today he announced that, in almost all instances, federal benefits and obligations for same-sex married couples would be provided regardless of where the couple resides.

June 17, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement in response to the President Barack Obama’s announcement that he will sign an executive order banning federal contractors from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity: 

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