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 4, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Schakowsky Statement on Passage of Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement on passage of H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019:

March 28, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Schakowsky Statement On House Vote to Condemn Trump Ban on Transgender Military Service

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, voted for House Resolution 124, expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals and made the following statement after the resolution passed the House by a vote of 238 to 185, with 1 present vote:

June 14, 2018 Video
Congresswoman Schakowsky delivers a special message celebrating Pride Month 2018.


May 2, 2017 Press Release

Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined Rep. David Cicilline and 192 of their House colleagues in reintroducing the Equality Act, which would provide explicit, permanent protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. 

June 26, 2015 Press Release

CHICAGO – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court released its decision making marriage equality the law of the land:

“I am overjoyed at today’s Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.  As I’ve said many times over the last several years, marriage equality had the stamp of inevitability on it – it is not a matter or ‘if’, but ‘when’.  Today, we know the answer: marriage equality is here.