Representatives and Senators throughout the U.S. stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community for #SpiritDay

Politicians throughout the nation unite in GLAAD's anti-bullying campaign, Spirit Day. This day is to influence awareness of the LGBTQ community against lethal harms that bullying causes. This includes at the legislative level and beyond. Here's a look at the LGBTQ politicians and allies who stood in solidarity on Spirit Day 2022:


US Representative Ritchie Torres of New York

In 2020 Torres was the first openly gay Afro-Latino elected to Congress. In 2021 he partnered with LGBT Chamber of Commerce to persuade America's largest city to adopt a certification program for LGBTQ enterprises. An amend to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, therefore, giving money back to LGBTQ, women and minority owned small businesses discriminated by creditors. Torres said this legislation would be a "natural compliment" to the Equality Act. 


US Representative Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania

Scanlon has been a long supporter of the LGBTQ community. In 2018 she joined the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and signed on as a cosponsor of the Equality Act (2018), legislation that will bring full, legal civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community. This fight continues today.


US Representative Sylvia Garcia of Texas

Garcia has a history for standing up for reproductive justice, gender-based violence and the Respect for Marriage Act. During House Floor remarks in July Garcia championed The Respect for Marriage Act. "Love is love," she said. 


US Representative Linda Sánchez of California

Earlier this month Sánchez began commemorating LGBTQ history month and its overlap of Latine Heritage Month. Throughout the summer she's been pushing legislation to protect marriage equality at the federal level with the Respect for Marriage Act as well as reproductive rights with the The Right to Contraception Act, which would protect both people’s access to contraceptives and the ability of health care providers to provide contraceptives and information related to them. 


State Representative Greg Harris of Illinois

Harris self defines as a LGBTQ lawmaker. He is openly HIV positive and the first openly gay person to hold the important role of Illinois House Majority Leader


State Representative Joe Webster of Pennsylvania

Webster is a strong equality candidate. He's used his policy making power and collaborative efforts with the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus to introduce legislation that would destigmatize, and create a safer and easier, name-change process for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, especially transgender, non-binary and gender expansive people in the commonwealth.


State Representative Maria Perez of New Hampshire

Perez was elected in 2020. She's a proud Salvadoran and representative of New Hampshire. Perez is a firm ally to the LGBTQ community. She stands with the United Nations this Spirit Day for the "Free & Equal Campaign: United Nations for LGBTI Equality" campaign with a mission to build safe schools for all!


State Representative Marcelino Quiñonez of Arizona

A first generation college student Quiñonez says he is proud to serve Arizona. He opposes perpetuated religious-based discrimination against transgender youth and supports LGBTQ equality.