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Equality California on Anti-LGBTQ+ Poison Pill Amendments in Must-Pass Defense Spending Bill
June 14, 2024 at 4:33 pm

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June 14, 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, issued the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang in response to House passage — on a largely party line vote — of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a must-pass defense spending bill that extremist lawmakers littered with anti-LGBTQ+ and other regressive poison pill amendments:

“Anti-LGBTQ+ extremists in Congress continue to use the same tired playbook by loading up appropriations bills with amendments that discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community and attack reproductive rights and initiatives aimed at inclusivity.

The amendments accepted by the House majority include banning gender-affirming care for active, retired, and reserve servicemembers; banning Pride flags and drag performances on military bases; banning affirming LGBTQ+ books from military schools and libraries; eliminating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) offices across the armed forces; and refusing to reimburse servicemembers or their families who need to travel for abortion care. This extremist majority should be ashamed of their attacks on our brave LGBTQ+ servicemembers and their families.

Equality California remains committed to preventing these discriminatory provisions from becoming law, and will continue to work with our allies in California’s Congressional delegation to ensure none of these poisonous amendments remain in the version of the bill that heads to the President’s desk.”


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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