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Equality California on Defeat of More Than 50 Anti-LGBTQ+ Riders in Federal Appropriations Bill
March 22, 2024 at 10:16 am

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March 22, 2024

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (213) 355-3057/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement today from Executive Director Tony Hoang after more than 50 proposed anti-LGBTQ+ riders were stripped from the final version of a $1.2 trillion federal funding package that now heads for a vote in the US Senate:

“Extremist lawmakers in Congress failed in their hateful attempts to add anti-LGBTQ+ provisions to must-pass spending bills. These would have restricted medically necessary health care for transgender people, given license to engage in taxpayer-funded discrimination against married same-sex couples, and further stigmatized the LGBTQ+ community.

Strong bipartisan negotiations were successful in removing 51 of 52 anti-LGBTQ+ riders thanks in large part to the efforts of the Congressional Equality Caucus, legislative allies, and the relentless advocacy of LGBTQ+ organizations across the country.

Speaker Mike Johnson — the most anti-LGBTQ+ Speaker in the history of the chamber — and his far-right colleagues slowed down the appropriations process with these poison pill amendments, leading the country to the brink of a government shutdown multiple times. Despite his overwhelming failure, Speaker Johnson is attempting to claim victory by touting the passage of a limited provision that prohibits the flying of Pride flags on the exterior of embassy buildings. However, it imposes no limits on other displays of the flag, including the ability of embassy employees to display it in their offices. While we are disappointed in the passage of this provision, it is important to consider it in the context of the overwhelming defeat of other measures. The Speaker attempting to use this as a symbol of victory is as laughable as his dysfunctional term as speaker has been.

It is clear that the anti-LGBTQ+ agenda is a losing one. California voters have endorsed a strong slate of pro-equality champions for Congress in November’s general election, and the path to reclaiming a pro-equality majority in the House runs right through the Golden State. Equality California will continue to work to ensure that pro-equality champions are elected to Congress, and those who would seek to further discriminate against our community are sent packing.”


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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