Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Congresswomen Gabby Gifford’s Pro-Gay Rights; Send your well wishes

Did you know?  Congresswomen Gabby Gifford’s and the intern who is credited as having saved her life were pro-gay rights and both serve or have served on committees addressing issues revolving around LGBT initiatives.  Daniel Hernandez once served on the Tucson Commission on GLBT issues, and Gifford’s is currently one of 91 members who serve on the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. 

The Congressional LGBT Caucus was formed in 2008 by two openly gay US Representatives Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Barney Frank of Massachusetts.  The caucus serves to advance equal rights for LGBT people, repeal discriminatory laws and educate lawmakers on gay issues.

The following is the mission state of the caucus:

The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus will be comprised of Members of Congress who are strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus will work toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well-being for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Recent legislation which has passed as a result of this caucus is the Hate Crimes Act of 2009.

I have sent my condolences to the caucus and have asked that they pass along my sentiments to Congresswoman Gifford’s.   If you would like to send your condolences and read more about this caucus visit the website of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.  Click on contact us on the left hand sidebar of the site and send an e mail with your well wishes,  or you can click on the link below. 

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