Human rights campaign scores members of Congress on LGBTQ+ support

WASHINGTON- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — today released its Congressional Scorecard measuring support for the LGBTQ+ equality at the 117th Congress. Members of Congress were rated on a range of key indicators of support – votes in the House to pass pro-equality legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act and the Equality Act votes in the Senate to confirm historic, pro-LGBTQ+ Biden-Harris cabinet officials and judicial nominees, as well as co-sponsors in both chambers on bills that have a significant impact on LGBTQ+ people and their families.

“This term, LGBTQ+ rights have come under attack in state legislatures like never before, and new questions have arisen about whether the Supreme Court can be relied upon to follow its own precedents for LGBTQ+ equality. . In this reality, pro-equality majorities in the House and Senate, alongside the Biden administration, have advanced an inclusive legislative agenda that provides a bulwark against these serious anti-LGBTQ+ attacks,” said Human Rights Campaign Acting President Joni Madison. “On the eve of the 2022 midterm elections, the Congressional Scorecard for the 117th Congress is an indispensable guide to understanding which members of Congress could be counted on when LGBTQ+ equality was on the line for the past two years, defending a marginalized community against some of the most serious threats he has ever seen.

For the 117th Congress, 194 members of Congress earned a perfect score of 100. That total includes 193 Democrats and one independent in the House and Senate. By comparison, no Republican got perfect scores.

The pro-equality majority in the House allowed Representatives to vote on a number of crucial measures, including the Equality Act, the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation guaranteeing LGBTQ+ people access to essential safety net programs, inclusive data collection, and global LGBTQ+ rights. LGBTQ+ people aren’t just impacted by laws that specifically mention them by name, which is why we’re including votes on legislation impacting some of the most marginalized in our community, including gun violence prevention, reform immigration, the right to vote and access to abortion.

In the Senate 50-50, with a pro-equality majority, the chamber saw the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ+ cabinet member in Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and the first Senate-confirmed transgender person, Adm. Rachel Levine, as Assistant Secretary for Health. They confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. The Senate also held its first-ever hearing on the Equality Act and is in a position to consider and pass the Honoring Marriage Act before the end of its term.

In addition to these crucial votes, the Congressional Scorecard tracks the co-sponsorship of pro-equality legislation, including on conversion therapy, Religious Freedom Restoration Act reform, global LGBTQ+ rights, access to HIV prevention drugs, non-discrimination in foster families and adoption. , and anti-harassment.

The HRC Congress Dashboard is an overview of the most important actions of the current Congress related to LGBTQ+ issues. It reflects votes and co-sponsors, but does not measure all individual actions by members of Congress, whether positive or negative.

In numbers :

  • 194 members of Congress got perfect scores (193 Democrats, 1 independent, 0 Republicans).

  • 148 members of Congress scored zero.

  • 167 House members received a perfect score of 100, while 136 received a score of zero.

  • The average score of Representatives is 53.5
  • 27 members of the Senate received a perfect score of 100, while 12 received a score of zero.

  • The Senators average score is 53.4

What was noted:

Senate Votes:

  • Anti-transgender amendment to US bailout

  • John R. Lewis Advance Voting Rights Act

  • Ending the Filibuster to Vote on the Free Suffrage: John R. Lewis Act

  • Women’s Health Protection Act

  • Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

  • Confirmation of Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary

  • Rachel Levine Confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services

  • Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

  • Confirmation of Beth Robinson as U.S. Circuit Judge

  • Confirmation of Alison Nathan as U.S. Circuit Judge

  • Impeachment of Donald Trump

Senate co-sponsors:

  • Equality Act

  • do no harm

  • Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act

  • Safer Schools Act

  • International Defense of Human Rights Act

  • John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Law

  • PrEP Access and Coverage Act

Votes in the House:

  • Equality Act

  • American Dream and Promise Act

  • Bipartisan Background Checks Act

  • John R. Lewis Advance Voting Rights Act

  • Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act

  • LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act

  • Anti-LGBTQ+ Amendments to the Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriation Bill

  • Women’s Health Protection Act

  • Family Violence Prevention and Service Improvement Act

  • Global Respect Act

  • LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act

  • Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

  • Respect for Marriage Act

  • Impeachment of Donald Trump

Co-sponsorships of the house:

  • do no harm

  • Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act

  • Safer Schools Act

  • John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Law

  • PrEP Access and Coverage Act

Other action from the house:

The HRC scorecard for the 117th Congress is available online at www.hrc.org/scorecard.

Ja Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are considered full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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