Sending Office: Honorable David N. Cicilline
Co-sponsor the Global Respect Act: Prevent Violations Against LGBT Communities Worldwide
Supported by Human Rights Campaign, Council for Global Equality
116th Co-Sponsors: Beyer, Brown, Cummings, Deutch, Frankel, Grijalva, Huffman, Kilmer, Lowenthal, Maloney, Meeks, Norton, Pappas, Rice (NY), Schakowsky, Smith (WA), Titus, Torres
115th Congress Co-sponsors: Bonamici, Boyle, Brownley, Brady, Capuano, Carbajal, Clark, Connolly, Delaney, Crist, Davis, DelBene, DeSaulnier, Deutch, Ellison, Engel, Espaillat, Esty, Frankel, Gallego, Gomez, Gottheimer,
Hastings, Huffman, Jackson Lee, Johnson, Keating, Kelly, Kihuen, Kildee, Kilmer, Kind, Langevin, Lee, Lieu, Lipinski, Lowenthal, Lowey, Lynch, Maloney, McCollum, McGovern, Moore, Morelle, Moulton, Nadler, Norcross, Norton, Pallone, Pascrell, Perlmutter,
Peters, Pingree, Pocan, Rice, Rosen, Roybal-Allard, Rush, Ryan, Sanchez, Schakowsky, Schneider, Shea-Porter, Sherman, Sinema, Sires, Smith, Soto, Speier, Takano, Titus, Torres, Tsongas, Walz, Wasserman Schultz, Watson Coleman, Welch, Yarmuth
Deadline for original co-sponsorship: COB Wednesday, June 12th
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 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 Clayton McCleskey at
David N. Cicilline
Member of Congress
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