LGBTQ+ Rights

We have made incredible strides as a country in the fight to support and empower our vibrant LGBTQ+ community. No matter who you love or how you identify, equality is a human right that must be extended to everyone who calls this nation home. 

However, the LGBTQ+ community remains under attack from those who seek to dismantle the progress we’ve made.

In my time as a public servant, I have always stood up to protect and defend the rights of our LGBTQ+ friends, families, and neighbors. As a member of the New York State Assembly, I continually supported efforts to ban the inhumane practice of conversion therapy, to improve protections for transgender New Yorkers, and to ensure public schools created a safe environement for LGBTQ students. 

In 2011, I was proud and honored to co-sponsor and vote for the Marriage Equality Act, which made New York State one of the first in the nation to legalize marriage equality. 

And now as a member of Congress, I am continuing the fight at the federal level by co-sponsoring: 

H.R. 5 The Equality Act

To provide explicit, consistent protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service, and public accomodations. 

H.R. 1857 The International Human Defense Act

To require the State Department to prevent and respond to discrimination and violence against the LGBTQ+ community, devise a global strategy to address discrimination, and promote international LGBTQ+ human rights. 

H.R. 2775 The Protecting LGBTQ+ Youth Act

To amend the Child Abuse Prevention Act to ensure protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and their families.

H. Res. 34 The National Day of Silence Resolution

To recognize the hundreds of students across the country observing a day-long vow of silence to bring attention to bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination aims at their LGBTQ+ friends and classmates. 

H. Res. 124 The Resolution Expressing Opposition to Banning Service in the Armed Forces by Openly Transgender Individuals.

To stand in opposition to President Trump's ban that forces these brave individuals to pick between their identity and their dedication to service. 

Note: The outlined legislation above was introduced during the 116th Congress.

The ability to embrace our differences and diversity as a country is one of our greatest strengths. I am proud to stand as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and through our continued partnership we will continue the fight to ensure that every American has the dignity, respect, and equality they deserve.

More on LGBTQ+ Rights

June 1, 2021 Press Release

(Rochester, N.Y.) – Today, as America marks the beginning of Pride Month, Congressman Joe Morelle renewed his push to enact The Equality Act and finally ensure all Americans are afforded the same essential human rights, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation, which Rep. Morelle co-sponsors, was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year but has yet to be taken up by the Senate.

February 25, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle (D, NY-25) voted to pass legislation to ensure all Americans are afforded the same essential human rights regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Rep. Morelle was one of the original co-sponsors of the Equality Act, which will amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing laws to ensure LGBTQ+ individuals are guaranteed the same anti-discrimination protections as their fellow Americans.