EQUALITY

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During my time in the United States Army, I stepped foot in Countries where LGBTQ+ people were beaten or killed for simply loving whom they love. I have been to places in the United States where I felt like I couldn't walk down the street holding my partner's hand for fear of being discriminated against, or even becoming the victim of a severe hate crime. I've watched a person's face turn from a smile to disgust once they realized that the Soldier, who was surprising his partner with flowers at work, was handing them to a man. 

It's experiences like these that make me proud to be from a state that has been a leading force for equality. I am proud to have been raised in the second state to legalize gay marriage. And once elected, I will ensure that Connecticut's Second Congressional District remains at the forefront of the fight for equality. 

All people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability deserve fair and equal treatment in all spans of life.

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The Equality Act

Anthony is a strong proponent of the Equality Act, a bill that would expand civil rights law to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  We MUST ensure equal rights and protections of the LGBTQ+ community within our district, state, and across the nation.

Protecting Marginalized Communities

Many members of the LGBTQ+ community face forms of discrimination; however, the most marginalized of our community still suffers from intense discrimination, fear, and violence daily. Our trans, HIV+, and PoC brothers, sisters, and non-binary family require the utmost support of our community and allies alike in the fight for equality throughout our Country and abroad. This includes implementing LGBTQ+ education in Sex Ed., protecting trans' rights to participate in sports, bathroom accessibility, and creating an environment in which it is safe to speak up and correct misgendering or statements of discrimination. 

LGBTQ+ sex education

In addition to sex education in our schools, we must include LGBTQ+ education as part of that curriculum. This ensures that LGBTQ+ students/youth have the knowledge and resources to be safe and supported even if they are not yet ready, or are hesitant, to be open and ask questions. 

Blood Donation

We must change the archaic ban of blood donations from MSM (men who have sex with men) and reassess the guidelines by which we determine eligible blood donors. All blood donations are tested for HIV and other diseases, and although tests are not always 100% effective at catching HIV, that should not automatically disqualify MSM from donating blood. Any risky sexual behavior can increase the risk of HIV among any person regardless of sexual orientation. As such, a blanket risk assessment questionnaire should be used when determining donor eligibility.

Being gay does NOT equate to inherent risk.