Here in Central Florida, we embrace our proud LGBT community – and after the horrific attack on the Pulse nightclub in 2016, we all rallied together to support our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters. Our neighbors are of every race, religion, nationality, gender identity, and sexual orientation and we are proud of it. We celebrate it. We believe love is love. That’s what makes us Orlando Strong.
In the Florida Senate, I sponsored legislation to remove the provision in Florida statutes that defined marriage between a man and a woman. I also led the effort to filibuster a bill that would allow discrimination of LGBT couples in the adoption process.
In Congress, I was proud to vote against banning transgender Americans from serving in our military. I continue to strongly oppose the Trump administration’s attempts to reduce healthcare rights for the LGBT+ community. In addition, I stand strongly against Trump’s attempts to allow open discrimination against the LGBT+ community under the guise of religion. In Congress, I’ll fight to pass the Equality Act to provide nationwide protections to LGBT+ Americans against discrimination in employment, housing, and education.