I am a lifelong ally of the LGBTQ+ community and believe LGBTQ+ individuals should have the same rights as all other Americans. I always have the iconic, rainbow Pride Flag, beside the Michigan and American flags outside of my Congressional office in Washington. We have witnessed incredible progress when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights, including the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized gay marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. However, I am extremely alarmed by the recent attacks that gay and transgender children are facing across our nation. Florida’s recently passed “Don’t Say Gay” bill, shows just how much work still has to be done. In Congress, I will continue to support the LGBTQ+ community and be a voice for equality under the law. I was proud to co-sponsor and vote for the Equality Act in Congress and the Global Respect Act, which will deny Visas to those who have committed acts of violence against members of the LGBTQ+ community abroad.