My father acted as the Illinois NAACP branch spokesman when I was a young girl. He taught me from an early age that equality is worth fighting for. Always. And I heed Reverend King’s words: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
 
We have a long way to go to ensure equality and justice for LGBTQ individuals. The Trump administration’s discriminatory acts against the LGBTQ community are unconscionable, and I worry that his executive orders are enabling discrimination.
 
Moreover, Karen Handel did not stand up to the administration’s proposed ban on transgender military service people. I will. If you are brave enough to put on our beloved country’s uniform, I say “Godspeed.” Transgender individuals deserve the same rights as anyone else.
 
In general, I am a staunch supporter of expanding protections for the community and will work to ensure that there are laws on the books to prevent any type of discrimination. I believe marriage equality was a very positive step in the right direction, but there is so much more work to be done.
 
That is why I support the Equality Act, which would proscribe discrimination of LGBTQ individuals in several areas including in the workplace, housing, and credit and financial assistance. I am also deeply concerned about the treatment of LGBTQ youth, which is why I also support the Student Non-Discrimination Act.