Representative Casten is dedicated to protecting the rights of all Americans. He is committed to his long-held belief that LGBTQ rights are human rights and he stands firmly against any effort that would deny any citizen the full set of rights and opportunities.
Believing that too many gaps exist in our civil rights laws, leaving LGBTQ Americans without the full protections that other citizens enjoy, Rep. Casten seeks to do all that he can in office to eliminate those gaps.
In addition, the Congressman places a special emphasis on protecting LGBTQ children, too many of whom face harassment, distressingly contributing to higher rates of suicide among the LGBTQ youth.
Recognizing that too many qualified members of our workforce face discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity, the Congressman stands for improving workplace protections, including in the Federal workforce. With that in mind, he supported House Resolution 124, a bipartisan resolution opposing the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender military service members.
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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to pass H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The legislation authorizes the appropriations of funds for the Department of Defense (DOD). The bill provides for a strong, smart national defense that is in line with American values.
Congressman Bill Foster and Congressman Sean Casten hosted a panel discussion on issues faced by the LGBTQ community.
“We’re part way along a difficult and continuing path in this country. That things are better in the suburbs, things are not perfect. And that it’s never going to be easy for someone struggling with their gender identity and they deserve support from the community and not being pushed aside or ridiculed,” said Congressman Foster.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in a 5-4 vote that temporarily allows the Trump Administration’s policy of banning transgender Americans from serving in the military.