A record number of LGBTI people have been sworn in as members of US Congress today.
In the US House of Representatives, newly elected LGBTI Democrats included Angie Craig, Sharice Davids, Katie Hill and Chris Pappas.
They joined re-elected incumbents Mark Takano, Sean Patrick Maloney and David Cicilline, who all returned to office.
And bisexual Arizona senator, Kyrsten Sinema, becomes the second ever out LGBTI senator to join the US Senate.
Democrats turned in a strong performance in US midterm elections. They have regained control of the House and look set to challenge Trump’s Republican government on LGBTI issues.
Speaker vows to support efforts of LGBTI Congress members over Equality Act
Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi has vowed to support efforts to re-introduce the Equality Act, which has been blocked by Republicans.
‘A historic number of LGBTI people will serve in the new US Congress’, Victory Institute ceo, Annise Parker, said in a statement. ‘Their influence will shape the debate on equality legislation and issues moving forward’.
‘In the US Senate, those opposed to the Equality Act will now need to look two openly LGBTI Senators in the eyes and tell them their lives are not worth protecting’, the former Houston Mayor added.
‘In the US House, Speaker Pelosi will have eight LGBTI representatives to consult on policies that affect our community’, Parker added.
‘The relationships these LGBTI lawmakers will build with their colleagues on Capitol Hill are transformative, and with an unprecedented number of women and people of color also joining the 116th Congress, equality issues will finally receive the attention they deserve.’