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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D – NY) is an LGBTQ ally who has fought for social and economic justice through legislation supporting police reform and community funding. He has also supported legislation to protect and expand LGBTQ rights.
Hakeem Jeffries at a glance
- Location: New York
- Current Position: Minority Leader and US Representative
- Party Affiliation: Democrat
- Race/Ethnicity: Black
- Gender identity: cisgender man
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Pronouns: he/his
- LGBTQ ally: Yes
Jeffries was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BA in Political Science from Binghamton University, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Juris Doctorate from New York University.
Subsequently, he served as a law clerk in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and worked as a litigator for the multinational law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. During his time at the law firm, he served as director of intergovernmental affairs for the New York State chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors and as president of Black Attorneys for Progress. He has also worked as a litigator for Viacom and CBS.
In 2006, he was elected to the New York State Assembly. In 2012, he was elected to represent New York’s 10th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. He began serving as the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus in 2019.
Jeffries’s stance on LGBTQ issues
Jeffries is a member of the House LGBTQ Equality Caucus, has posted several tweets condemning anti-LGBTQ discrimination, and has introduced bills that would expand and protect LGBTQ civil rights.
same sex marriage
In July 2022, Jeffries presented the Law of Respect for Marriage, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ensure critical protections for same-sex and interracial marriages. In a declarationcriticized “a radical, right-wing majority Supreme Court… about to take away… your right to marry whoever you want to marry.”
Transgender access to public restrooms
In June 2022, Jeffries supported make more gender-neutral, single-use restrooms available in the Capitol Hill district of Washington DC.
“Implementing single-use toilets will make a visible difference in the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming people, as well as other marginalized communities, including people with disabilities, older adults, and parents of young children,” he and other supportive lawmakers. he wrote.
She also supports the Equality Law, which would protect the rights of trans people to use public facilities that match their gender identity.
Don’t say gay/LGBTQ discussion in schools
While Jeffries appears to have kept quiet about Florida’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” law that bans LGBTQ content in public classrooms, he did say that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s assertion that LGBTQ allies are “preparers” seeking sexually abusing the children was a distraction. .
“I don’t really even pay attention to anything he says because he doesn’t have anything rational to say. I think it’s a ridiculous accusation.” Jeffries said News when asked about Greene’s comments. “We are focused right now on doing things for ordinary Americans: reduce costs, address gas prices and inflation. They can continue to sell lies and conspiracy theories.”
In a tweet from May 26, 2016Jeffries wrote: “The LGBT the community deserves the same protection before the law. What is it about that that is so difficult for House Republicans to understand?
In 2021, Jeffries also voted for the Equality Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, extending anti-discrimination protections to employment, housing, education, public accommodations, and other areas.
“In the absence of federal civil rights protections, there are members of the LGBTQ community who are easy prey in the eyes of the law to be targeted, based on their sexual orientation.” Jeffries said about the bill. “That’s not America.”
Other LGBTQ issues
In January 2014, Jeffries was one of 13 House members who filed The Hate Crime Reporting Acta bill that would have collected information about online criminal activity and hate speech against designated individuals and groups, including members of the LGBTQ community.
In 2021, he also supported standards adopting gender-neutral language in the US House. “In my view, gender-neutral language is consistent with an effort by the House, in the best House tradition, to reflect the magnificent mosaic of the American people in the most sensitive way possible,” Jeffries said.
- Clerk to the Judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Litigator for the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
- Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors
- President of Black Lawyers for Progress
- Viacom and CBS litigator
- New York State Assemblyman
- United States House Representative from New York
- House Democratic Caucus Chairman
- Minority leader elected in 2022
Hakeem Jeffries has supported national legislation that would protect same-sex marriage and expand civil rights protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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