LGBT Rights

Congresswoman Maloney is a longtime and a strong supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. In Congress, she is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a strong supporter of anti-discrimination legislation, including the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, the Equality Act, and other federal measures to expand and protect the rights of LGBT individuals. She is also an original co-sponsor of the PRIDE Act. In 1986, then-City Council Member Maloney introduced the first domestic partnership legislation in New York City history.

Select Highlights

  • Equality Act: The Equality Act is comprehensive civil rights legislation that will provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people all across this country.
  • PRIDE Act: The PRIDE Act directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) through the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) and authorizes $25 million to achieve that goal. The data gleaned from the NVDRS is used to inform policy and action plans against suicide and violence.
  • Marriage: Congresswoman Maloney has long supported marriage equality and rejoiced with much of her district, and the country at large, over the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize marriage equality in the United States in June 2015. However, there will inevitably be work ahead as some parts of the country will continue to discriminate against same-sex couples. Congresswoman Maloney is prepared to continue the fight until all couples in the United States truly hold equal rights and opportunities in their marriages and partnerships.
  • Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010: Congresswoman Maloney sponsored this legislation, allowing gay, lesbian and bi-sexual individuals to openly serve in the military after a law was enacted in 1993 that stated these individuals could only serve if their sexual orientation was not discovered by the military. Now, anyone can openly serve in the United States military regardless of their sexual orientation

  • Adoption: Many adoption agencies in the United States make the adoption process unfairly difficult for same-sex couples when compared to heterosexual couples. Every couple deserves a fair chance to try to adopt a child, and Congress must fight to allow every couple this right. 
  • Education: No student in America deserves to face discrimination because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.  Congresswoman Maloney is fighting in Congress to have non-discriminatory legislation passed in order to be sure that no student is denied the right toa good education.
  • EmploymentIn most states, employers are still allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Congresswoman Maloney is a strong supporter of the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to this list.

  • International Efforts: Congresswoman Maloney is not only a supporter of the American LGBT community, but the international LGBT population. Across the world, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender individuals are tormented, discriminated against, imprisoned, and in some cases executed every day. As a human rights advocate, the Congresswoman has openly criticized nations that hold such discriminatory and exclusive policies towards the LGBT community, and calls on each of them to change their intolerant laws.

  • Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act: Starting in 2003 Congresswoman Maloney sponsored the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act. This bill would provide couples in domestic partnerships, civil unions and same-sex marriages with all the benefits offered currently by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These essential protections were extended to federal employees and their same-sex domestic partners through an executive order issued by President Obama in 2010. The landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states now ensures that all married couples are afforded the same rights and access to benefits that have been denied same-sex couples for far too long, but Congresswoman Maloney is committed to making sure that all families can access basic FMLA leave.
  • Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill: In 2010 the Ugandan Parliament considered discriminatory legislation, called the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which would make any homosexual act in Uganda punishable by imprisonment and possibly death. Congresswoman Maloney, a longtime proponent for LGBT rights worldwide, lobbied Ugandan officials to reject this draconian law. In her lobbying efforts the Congresswoman wrote a letter to the Uganda Mission to the UN encouraging them to speak with human rights activists, made many public statements in opposition to the bill, and submitted a testimony to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission outlining the significant human rights violations associated with this bill. While the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed the Ugandan parliament in December 2013, it was nullified by the Uganda Constitutional Court eight months later.


More on LGBT Rights

Aug 22, 2021 In The News

Israel is ending all restrictions in place that limit men from donating blood in any way simply because they have sex with men. Gay and bisexual men will now be held to the same standard as all other people seeking to give blood.

Jun 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) voted to pass H.R. 1443, the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act, which improves equal access to credit for LGBTQ+-owned small businesses by taking steps to improve data collection by financial institutions. This bill will improve transparency around lending practices at financial institutions so that communities, government agencies, and lenders can advance fair and equal credit access for the LGBTQ+ business community. Congresswoman Maloney is an original cosponsor of the legislation.

Jun 21, 2021 In The News

Jude Graham has always wanted to give blood.

“It’s personal,” Graham told Spectrum News’ Samantha-Jo Roth, noting that his desire to donate dates back to high school and his service in the military — and when his younger cousin needed a bone marrow transplant a few years ago.

“I was ineligible because of the FDA’s ban on men who have sex with men donating blood and/or blood products,” the 26-year-old Navy veteran said.

Jun 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, today spoke on the House floor urging all her colleagues to support H.R.1187, the Corporate Governance Improvement and Investor Protection Act, which includes an amendment offered by Reps. Gregory  W. Meeks (NY-05), Maloney, and Ritchie Torres (NY-15), the Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act. The bill passed by a vote of 215 to 214.


Jun 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, ahead of the 5 year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) joined with Reps. Val B. Demings (D-FL), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Ritchie Torres (D-NY) in sending a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr.

Jun 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, released the following statement today in recognition of Pride Month 2021.


“I am proud to stand as an ally today, this Pride Month, and every day, as we celebrate the hard-fought wins for LGBTQIA+ equality and pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much to make progress.


May 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement honoring the 2021 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia:


Mar 31, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, released the following statement in recognition of International Transgender Day of Visibility.


Feb 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives urging all her colleagues to join her in voting to the pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act, landmark legislation that ensures that LGBTQIA+ Americans are guaranteed the full protections of federal civil rights law.

Dec 28, 2020 In The News

A new pilot study funded by the Food and Drug Administration could be the first step toward lifting restrictions on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

The program, called Assessing Donor Variability and New Concepts in Eligibility (Advance), has been launched by three of the nation’s largest blood centers — the American Red Cross, Vitalant and OneBlood.