Gillibrand Unveils Sweeping LGBTQ Rights Agenda

CBS News reports:

The only Democratic candidate for president who has campaigned at a drag club, is now the first candidate to present an agenda to protect the rights of gay and transgender Americans. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Saturday — the first day of Gay Pride Month — her plan to help enforce LGBTQ rights. Gillibrand’s plan sorts priorities into four categories: equal rights, families and children, health care, and safety.

To safeguard equal rights, Gillibrand would call on two federal agencies to fight LGBTQ discrimination. She would overturn the Trump administration’s ban on transgender men and women serving in the military, and direct the Department of Defense to ban restrictive policies affecting HIV-positive members of the military. Gillibrand would also use the Department of Justice to classify LGBT individuals as a “protected class” and direct DOJ attorneys to focus on the abolition of LGBT discrimination.

From her post today on Medium:

I was proud to be one of the first senators to support marriage equality, and as president, I would do everything in my power to ensure we protect that right. Like my plan to codify Roe v. Wade in law, I would also move to permanently codify marriage equality as the law of the land and ensure that Obergefell v. Hodges can never be overturned. But marriage is just the beginning, and it’s not every family’s reality. One plank of my Family Bill of Rights is the right to give birth or adopt a child, regardless of your income or sexual orientation.

My bill, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, would ensure that taxpayer-funded adoption and child welfare agencies can’t discriminate against foster or adoptive families based on their gender, sexual orientation, or anything else. I would also prevent discrimination against LGBTQ kids in foster care. And I would require insurance companies to cover fertility treatments like IVF for families, including LGBTQ couples, who can’t get pregnant independently.