Resources

Federal Legislation

The Human Rights Campaign, along with tens of thousands of advocates, works around the clock to lobby members of Congress on critical legislation that would greatly affect the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.


The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act

This bill would provide domestic partnership benefits to all federal civilian employees on the same basis as spousal benefits. These benefits, available for both same- and opposite-sex domestic partners of federal employees, would include participation in applicable retirement programs, compensation for work injuries and life and health insurance benefits.

Early Treatment for HIV Act

The Early Treatment for HIV Act (ETHA) would permit state Medicaid programs to provide HIV treatment to individuals before they develop AIDS.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Fairness in the workplace has been recognized as a fundamental right protected under federal law. Currently, federal law provides basic legal protection against employment discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin or disability, but not sexual orientation or gender identity and gender expression.

Equal Access to COBRA Act

This act mandates that employees, their spouses and dependent children be allowed to continue participation in their employer-sponsored health coverage, usually at their own expense, after certain qualifying events, most commonly when the employee leaves or loses his or her job.

Every Child Deserves a Family Act

The Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDFA) would prohibit any public child welfare agency receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against any potential foster or adoptive family on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.

The Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act

The Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act would expand the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to permit an employee to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave from work if his or her domestic partner or same-sex spouse has a serious health condition.

Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act

Securing credit is critical to some of the most important undertakings in life, including buying a home, going to college, or starting a small business.  Credit decisions should not be based on personal characteristics, such as race and sex, that are unrelated to creditworthiness and our nation’s civil rights laws reflect that.  However, there is no federal law that consistently protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from credit discrimination, and it remains legal in many states to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  As a result, in many places, LGBT people can still be denied a mortgage, credit card, student loan, or other type of lending simply because of who they are.

Global Respect Act

The Global Respect Act would provide a means to prevent individuals who violate the human rights of LGBT people from entry into the United States.

Healthy Families Act

The Healthy Families Act would help relieve many hardworking Americans who struggle to meet their own health care needs and the needs of their family members by providing employees the opportunitiy to earn a minimum of seven paid sick days per year to care for their families or themselves.

HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act

The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act would permit donated, HIV-positive organs to be used for transplantation in HIV-positive patients, a medical procedure currently prohibited by federal law.

International Human Rights Defense Act

The International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014 would build an unprecedented framework into U.S. diplomacy to protect LGBT rights worldwide, creating a Special Envoy within the U.S. State Department who would serve as principle advisor to the Secretary of State on LGBT issues.

Juror Non-Discrimination Act/Jury ACCESS Act

The Juror Non-Discrimination Act and Jury Access for Capable Citizens and Equality in Service Selection (ACCESS) Act prohibit attorneys from seeking to strike potential federal jurors based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act

The Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act (MSETA) would provide the same family benefits to lawfully-married lesbian and gay service members and veterans as are already provided to service members and veterans with different-sex spouses.

Real Education for Healthy Youth Act

The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act would provide grants for comprehensive sex education to public or private entities that focus on adolescent health and education or have experience with training sex educators.  Funding would also be provided for teacher training on sex education.  The bill would require, rather than merely encourage, inclusiveness of LGBT youth in sex education.

Reconnecting Youth to Prevent Homelessness Act

The Reconnecting Youth to Prevent Homelessness Act would require that the Secretary of Health and Human Services establish a demonstration project to develop programs that are focused on improving family relationships and reducing homelessness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act

The Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act would strike Title V, Section 510 of the Social Security Act from the statute and transfer funding to the Personal Responsibility Education Program state-grant program, which would provide information on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal (REPEAL) HIV Discrimination Act

The REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act would require a review of federal and state laws that impose criminal liability on individuals with HIV.

Respect for Marriage Act

The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) repeals the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in its entirety and ensures that every married couple has the certainty that federal benefits and protections will flow from a marriage valid where it was performed, even if that couple moves or travels to another state.

Revising World Bank Safeguard Policy

The World Bank has begun a two year process to review and update its safeguard policies.  These next generation policies should be LGBT-inclusive and prevent the LGBT community from being left behind as the World Bank strives to accomplish its missions to eradicate poverty and create more shared prosperity.

Safe Schools Improvement Act

Bullying and harassment of students who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is widespread.  While current federal law provides important support to promote school safety, it does not comprehensively and expressly focus on issues of bullying or harassment, and in no way addresses the challenges faced by LGBT youth in our nation’s schools.

Social Security and Marriage Equality Act

The Social Security and Marriage Equality (SAME) Act would amend the federal code to ensure all lawfully married same-sex couples will receive Social Security spousal benefits, regardless of where they live.

Student Non-Discrimination Act

The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) prohibits any school program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Tax Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act

Currently, the Internal Revenue Code excludes from income the value of employer-provided insurance premiums and benefits received by employees for coverage of an employee’s spouse and dependents, but does not extend this treatment to coverage of domestic partners or other persons who do not qualify as a “dependent” (such as certain grown children living at home who are covered under a parent’s plan or children who receive coverage through a grandparent or parent’s domestic partner).

Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act

The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act would require colleges and universities receiving federal student aid funding to prohibit harassment and to establish a grant program to support campus anti-harassment programs.

Uniting American Families Act

Approximately 75 percent of the 1 million green cards or immigrant visas are issued to family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. However, the Immigration and Nationality Act’s current definition of "family" does not include same-sex partners.

Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act

VSETA would provide the same family benefits to lawfully-married lesbian and gay veterans as are already provided to veterans with different-sex spouse.