Sending Office: Honorable David N. Cicilline
Supported by Human Rights Campaign, Freedom House, Council for Global Equality
116th Co-Sponsors: Fitzpatrick, Bonamici, Beyer, Brown, Brownley, K Clark, Carbajal, Connolly, Deutch, DeSaulnier, Frankel, Gallego, Gottheimer, Grijalva, Himes, Houlahan, Huffman,
Jackson Lee, Keating, Kelly, Kildee, Rep. Kilmer, Derek Kind, Langevin, Barbara Lee, Levin, Lowenthal, Nadler, Maloney, McGovern, Meeks, Meng, Norton, Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pascrell, Pappas, Pallone, Pingree, Pocan, Rice, Schakowsky, Adam Smith, Soto, Speier,
Takano, Titus, Torres, Watson Coleman, Wasserman Schultz, Engel, Kirkpatrick, Lowey
As you may be aware, about 80 countries explicitly outlaw same-sex relations with the threat of imprisonment, fines, and, in several countries, even death. In the past few years, disturbing efforts to target lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex
(LGBTI) people and their families have passed and been signed into law in several countries around the world. Violence against LGBTI communities is pervasive, and sometimes sanctioned or directed by government officials.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” As with any form of social or legal marginalization—whether based on sex, race, religion, ethnicity, or other status—the denial of human
rights of LGBTI people is not only wrong, but also negatively affects health outcomes, social stability, rule of law, and economic potential.
The United States must stand up against egregious human rights abuses. The Global Respect Act, H.R. 3252 will build on existing human rights related sanctions authorities to ensure that human rights abusers are held accountable. This legislation will require
the State Department to compile a list of foreign individuals who commit violations against members of the LGBTI community, and to deny or rescind travel visas for individuals who have committed such violations. It would also codify reporting requirements
on these issues in the State Department’s annual Human Rights Report.
I invite you to recognize the danger and discrimination faced by LGBTI people around the world by joining me to make clear that Congress will not tolerate those who incite violence and oppress minority populations. If you would like to cosponsor, or if you
have any questions, please contact Sarah Trister at Sarah.Trister@mail.house.gov.
David N. Cicilline
Member of Congress
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