Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese Statement on the Passing of Congresswoman Stephanie Tu

by HRC Staff

Washington - Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese today issued a statement on the sudden death of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH).

"On behalf of everyone at the Human Rights Campaign, I want to express deep sadness at the passing of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has not just lost an ally, but a friend. Representative Tubbs Jones could always be counted on to speak out for civil rights and was an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. She will be greatly missed."

Congresswoman Tubbs Jones consistently earned a 100 percent score on the HRC Congressional Scorecard. She was a co-sponsor of H.R. 2015, the fully inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and H.R. 1592, legislation that would expand federal hate crimes protections to include crimes motivated by anti-LGBT bias. Congresswoman Tubbs Jones was a frequent guest at the annual HRC Gala Dinner in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a recipient of the HRC Equality Award.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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