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Equality across the board.

Today is National Coming Out Day, an opportunity to acknowledge and embrace our friends, family, and neighbors who are coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

It’s also a time to celebrate the progress we’ve made towards LGBT rights. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision which made marriage equality the law of the land – but there’s still a lot of work ahead of us. In most states, it’s still perfectly legal to fire someone for identifying as LGBT.

As District Attorney and later as a Congresswoman, I’ve worked hard to advance equality for LGBT Americans. After New York passed marriage equality in 2011, a local clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and I made it clear that such discrimination would not be tolerated.

In Congress, I’m working to pass legislation to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination. Among them is the Equality Act, which would ban LGBT discrimination nationwide: in the workplace, in schools, and in housing. With your support, I’ll keep fighting for full equality across the board.

Let’s stand together and support our LGBT brothers and sisters, especially those who are coming out.

Posted on October 11, 2015.
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