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Protecting Our Democracy - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now Protecting Our Democracy We are living in a moment unlike any other. Widespread protests against the murder of Black Americans are calling attention to the legacy of institutional racism and police brutality in this country. COVID-19 is sweeping the globe, shuttering our economy and causing levels of unemployment not seen since the Great Depression. And we have a president who attempts to influence judicial proceedings, willfully ignores foreign interference in U.S. elections, and enriches himself at public expense. The status quo is no longer working for most Americans — if it ever did. It’s clear that decades of weakening campaign finance laws have made our government broken and dysfunctional. Dark money floods our elections, influencing the outcome of races up and down the ballot. Americans’ trust in their government is at an all-time low, and who could blame us for feeling that way? Washington politicians stand by while corporate money lines their pockets and nothing gets done. Meanwhile voters, striving for change, wait for hours to cast their ballot, submitting to tactics of modern-day voter suppression that inordinately impact communities of color. This cannot and must not be allowed to stand. Congress must find the political will that we had in Colorado to make our election system reflect our values. When I was Governor, I worked with the legislature to make sure every eligible registered voter in Colorado gets a mail-in ballot. We also changed the rules so voters can register to vote online, and at any time — even on Election Day. These policies strengthen our democracy and help hold elected officials accountable. I pledge to do what bought-off politicians won’t: get money out of politics, make voting easy, safe, and fair, and hold government accountable. When I get to the Senate, one of my first priorities will be working to pass the For The People Act, the most sweeping campaign finance, voting rights, and ethics reforms since Watergate. The For the People Act (H.R.1, S.949) proposes to reform money in politics by bolstering public financing and donor disclosure provisions. It strengthens our elections by addressing regulatory barriers to voting and creating a system of automatic voter registration. And it bolsters accountability by closing lobbying loopholes and requiring greater transparency from government officials. This bill was passed in the House with unanimous Democratic support and has been cosponsored in the Senate by every Democratic Senator, but has been blocked by Mitch McConnell and Cory Gardner for over [DATE REMOVED]. I support swift action on the For the People Act to curb the influence of special interests in our government and make it easier for all eligible voters to have a say in our democracy.  This is a moment where making our voices heard is vital. For too long, the powerful in this country have tipped the scales of political interests to get ahead at the expense of working Americans. This injustice needs to end. The current social upheaval is a clarion call; a time to set new, higher standards for our democracy; a time to put power back in the hands of people. If elected, I commit to fight for reforms that will finally make our government work for all citizens. GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS Refuse Corporate PAC Money — Support from corporate PACs is one of the many ways that politicians become beholden to special interests once they are elected to office. Unlike Senator Gardner, who has taken over $5.4 million from corporate PACs, I have pledged not to accept any corporate PAC money throughout this campaign and when I am in office. I am committed to putting power back in the hands of people, not special interests. Overturn Citizens United — The 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC opened the door to dark money and corporate influence that have corrupted our institutions. But corporations are not people, plain and simple.In the Senate, I will fight to overturn Citizens United by passing the Democracy For All constitutional amendment to stop the flood of money to Washington. I am proud that my commitment to this effort has earned the endorsement of End Citizens United, a leading campaign finance reform organization, and look forward to working together to get money out of politics. Increase Donor Transparency — Dark money groups have devoted nearly $1 billion to influence U.S. elections over the last decade. Instead of reducing college debt or expanding health care coverage, those dollars have corroded the integrity of our democracy. We desperately need greater transparency in election spending. I support the DISCLOSE Act, which requires outside groups to report campaign contributions greater than $10,000; the Real Time Transparency Act, which necessitates political campaigns and committees to disclose donor information to the FEC for donations over $1,000 [DATE REMOVED]; and the End Dark Money Act to close the “social welfare” loophole that hides the names of big donors to dark money groups. By reducing anonymity in our campaign finance system, we can shine a light on dark money and curb its influence in our elections. MAKE VOTING EASY, SAFE, AND FAIR Restore the Full Power of the Voting Rights Act — The U.S. has a long and shameful legacy of suppressing the vote of Americans of color. The 1965 Voting Rights Act was landmark legislation that reduced some of those barriers and held states accountable for racist efforts to limit voting access. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions in the law, a regressive decision that undoes many hard-fought safeguards for communities of color. While the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) passed the House with bipartisan support [DATE REMOVED], it has been held up in McConnell’s Senate. I support passing the VRAA to reinstate these core civil rights protections. Protect The Right to Vote for All Americans — From a President who baselessly attacks vote-by-mail, to the passage of discriminatory voter ID laws across the country, Republican voter suppression efforts are alive and well. The implications — hours-long lines, restrictive early voting, voters being deregistered without their consent, and misallocation of polling resources — disenfranchise all voters and disproportionately impact communities of color. Voting is every citizen’s fundamental right in a democracy. Bills such as the For the People Act will restore core protections to make it easier for all Americans to access this right. Expand Vote-By-Mail Options Nationwide — Colorado has been largely voting from home for [DATE REMOVED], with lower costs and higher turnout. In our state, no one has to miss work or find childcare simply to exercise their right to vote. Risk-limiting audits, a centralized signature database, and paper ballots keep it secure. Our experience with voting from home has laid the groundwork for just this moment, when mail-in voting options across the country could be vital to protecting Americans’ health — and the health of our democracy. I support giving states the resources they need to expand vote-by-mail programs, as well as bolstering the USPS so it can handle a surge of ballots this [DATE REMOVED]. The House has taken action by passing $4 billion in election funding, but those proposals were killed in McConnell’s and Gardner’s Senate. Expand Voter Registration — I believe that voting should be as convenient as possible. That is why, as Governor, I established same-day voter registration and expanded early registration in Colorado and will fight to enact the same policies across the U.S. I also support doing nationally what we’ve done in Colorado by expanding early voting and restoring voting rights for those who have served time in prison and are reentering civic life. Finally, we must pass legislation to prevent the widespread purging of voter rolls, which, [DATE REMOVED], had disenfranchised over 1 million voters in Georgia elections and disproportionately targeted individuals of color. End Partisan Gerrymandering — In 2018, Colorado voters approved amendments to create an independent redistricting commission to end partisan gerrymandering. Our state could become a model for the nation when districts are redrawn after the 2020 census. In the meantime, I support Senator Michael Bennet’s Fair Maps Act, which prohibits partisan gerrymandering at the national level and provides guidance on redrawing and contesting maps. Voters should pick their elected officials, not the other way around. Protect Our Elections From Foreign Meddling — According to a U.S. Senate investigation, Russian hackers targeted the election systems of all 50 states in 2016. The importance of securing our elections against any tampering — foreign or domestic — cannot be overstated. This means modernizing our voting machines, requiring paper ballots, conducting routine risk assessments and post-election audits, and adequately funding our election systems, to name a few. Many of these protections were included in the SAFE Act, which passed the House nearly [DATE REMOVED] ago but has yet to be taken up in Sen. McConnell’s and Gardner’s Senate. We know what works to secure our elections, now it is time to act on it. Strengthen Election Cybersecurity — As Governor, I established the National Cybersecurity Center, so I know what it takes to enact strong online protections. I support bolstering the defense of our voting systems by investing in cybersecurity efforts to secure voter registration databases, voting machines, reporting websites, and other software vulnerable to meddling.  Implement Safeguards Against Foreign Influence — Election hackers pose a very real risk, but why break in when the front door is unlocked? There are numerous loopholes that permit foreign actors to legally influence the outcome of our elections. I support passing the SHIELD Act, which would help prevent foreign actors from spending in U.S. elections, require reporting on offers of foreign assistance, and boost transparency in online advertisements. Address Disinformation Campaigns, Increase Transparency — Social media platforms were weaponized by Russia to sow misinformation and influence the outcome of the 2016 election. There is little doubt they will try to do the same this fall, yet the Senate has shown no willingness to act on legislation like the Honest Ads Act, which would help address this. As Senator, I would advocate for holding online advertisements to the same standard as television and radio ads, including transparency in where the money comes from and consequences for spreading disinformation.   REDUCE CORPORATE INFLUENCE & STRENGTHEN GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT Ban Congress from Lobbying —  446 former members of Congress currently work as lobbyists. We will never release the stranglehold of corporations on Washington until we close this revolving door. If elected, I promise the voters of Colorado I will not treat my service on Capitol Hill as a job interview with special interests. I pledge to never lobby after the U.S. Senate, and I will work to hold all members of Congress to the same standard.   Limit Conflicts of Interest — It is legal for members of the House of Representatives to serve on corporate boards, and individuals in both chambers can trade stocks in industries they regulate. The potential for conflicts of interest is breathtaking. If elected, I support bills that would put an end to these activities. I put my earnings from the Wynkoop in a blind trust upon my mayoral election in 2003, and I pledge to leave it there for the entirety of my career in elected service. I believe Members of Congress should always put the needs of the country before those of the publicly-traded companies to which they are financially connected. It should no longer be the other way around. Pass ‘For Cause’ Protections for Inspectors General — Congress created Inspectors General (IGs) to protect taxpayer dollars from departmental waste, fraud, and abuse. President Trump has politicized IGs by firing those with whom he disagrees. Congress has an obligation to protect every IG against undue interference from the powers he or she investigates. The current law allows the president to remove watchdogs without cause. I will push to pass “for-cause” protections in the Senate, which would require the president to justify the removal of an IG under a strict set of criteria such as criminal activity or negligence.  Restructure the FEC — The FEC has a mandate to prevent corruption in campaign spending. So it is a problem that partisan squabbling in Congress has divided and undermined the agency. I support common sense reforms such as reducing the number of commissioners from six to five to prevent gridlock in decision making — with one nonpartisan appointee. Congress should also enforce term limits and strive to increase diversity in the body. 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Outdoors - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now Outdoors Coloradans have an ongoing love affair with the outdoors — and for good reason! With millions of acres of public lands on which to hike and bike, hunt and fish, paddle, ski, and climb, residents and visitors alike have almost endless opportunities to get outside and enjoy the good life that Colorado has to offer.  Recent projections predict that our 2019 ski season will end with 13.8 million skier days, and there are over a million hunters and anglers in our state. Colorado’s mountains, prairies, rivers, and lakes are important economic drivers for our booming outdoor recreation industry. When I was Governor, we created the Colorado Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which found that the outdoor industry generates 511,000 jobs and contributes $62.5 billion to Colorado’s economy. It also generates $21.4 billion in wages and salaries, and $9.4 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenue. But the outdoors are not simply about the economy. They are the lasting symbol of Colorado’s pioneering heritage and represent our ability and obligation to leave the world better off than we found it. Our lands are being affected by climate change, drought, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and human development. Fish and wildlife habitats are being lost or degraded. Snowpack and the runoff of freshwater are expected to decline as a result of climate change. Increasing public recreation pressures are squeezing federal, state, and local budgets. And we too often sacrifice discipline and responsibility in our energy development on public lands. We are at a unique and urgent moment in time for protecting these lands and waters, as our actions in the next decade will influence the trajectory of nature and people for decades to come. Consequently, we need to prioritize conservation now so that we can maintain our outdoor heritage and pass it along to future generations of Coloradans. Here is my plan to protect our great outdoors: My Plan for Enhancing America’s Outdoor Recreational Experiences Oppose the Selling Off of Federal Lands — Federal lands are places where we can enjoy the outdoors through a wide variety of activities, such as hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, rafting, climbing, kayaking, biking, and skiing. The Trump Administration continues to diminish the federal lands estate, shrinking national monuments and repealing sensible protections for fish and wildlife habitats in National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands. When I’m a U.S. Senator, I will fight any efforts to diminish the scope and quality of our land, water, and outdoor resources. I will convene local, state, and tribal leaders to engage with federal agencies in the decision-making processes that impact public lands. Address the Maintenance Backlog of the National Parks — Due to the lack of adequate investment by Congress, the maintenance backlog for the National Parks now stands at nearly $12 billion. This inaction on improving the safety and cleanliness of our parks is unfair to all of the Americans who visit our National Parks each year. Eliminating the backlog as soon as possible should be one of the Senate’s foremost priorities so that Coloradans can thoroughly enjoy their visits to our magnificent national parks and national monuments. Fully Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) — This fund, established in 1964 and authorized at $900 million annually, has been fully funded only twice. The LWCF has broad support among environmentalists, conservationists, and outdoor sports and recreation communities. As Senator, I will push to fully fund the LWCF every year, and pledge to go even a step further: I will work with my colleagues in Congress to pass legislation that makes its funding automatic and not subject to the political gamesmanship and partisan bickering that we’ve seen under Senator Gardner and Senator McConnell. Expand Public Access to Federal Lands — Members of the public often don’t have sufficient access to federal lands. That is why I support dedicating 3% of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to be used each year to expand public access to federal lands and make exploring our great outdoor spaces even more fun and accessible. When I was Governor, we developed a “Colorado the Beautiful” plan to bring people closer than ever to the outdoors by mapping over 39,000 miles of trails across the state and placing them in a mobile app for easy exploring. In the Senate, I’ll make sure that federal agencies are working with local agencies and the outdoor sports and recreation industry to invest in innovative projects that increase access to and equity in the outdoors. By breaking down the barriers that prevent entry to the outdoors for communities of color and for low-income Coloradans, we can all share the amazing benefits of time spent exploring the landscapes that make our state unique. My Plan for Promoting Colorado’s Outdoor Industry Colorado is fortunate to be the home of numerous outdoor industries, the Outdoor Industry Association, and the annual Outdoor Retailer convention. These industries support the outdoor lifestyles of Coloradans and generate jobs and economic activity throughout our state. As Senator, I’ll push for the United States to bolster and diversify our rural economies by growing our outdoor sports and recreation industry. Equally important, numerous studies emphasize that increasing physical activity for our citizens would be one of the most effective investments we could make to reduce health-care costs. Pass the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act — The CORE Act was created by a broad cross-section of Coloradans and has the support of bipartisan elected officials from across the state, as well as business leaders, hunters, anglers, environmentalists, veterans, ranchers, conservationists, cyclists, hikers, and many others. Yet Senator Gardner has so far refused their pleas to support this much-needed bill. Despite the threat of a White House veto, I will stand strong with Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Joe Neguse to pass the CORE Act, which will preserve over 400,000 acres of public land, establish new wilderness areas, and honor our World War II veterans by protecting Camp Hale and designating it as a National Historic Landscape. End the Trade War — The current trade war is hurting Colorado’s outdoor businesses, as well as farmers and ranchers who depend on exports to sell their products. American consumers, businesses, and farmers are being caught in the crosshairs. This must end. The so-called 301 tariffs on outdoor products are not just raising the cost of goods made overseas; they also impact the parts of final products made domestically. In fact, they harm outdoor businesses that produce “Made in the USA” goods, potentially shifting their production overseas. I agree with Senator Jon Tester’s position that Congress should be empowered to weigh in on trade matters regardless of which party the president belongs to, so that we can ensure we are standing up for Colorado interests. Establish a National Recreation Office — Outdoor recreation has been shown to provide many economic benefits, as well as to boost mental and physical health. The United States should be doing all it can to educate and empower people to take advantage of the opportunities we have in this country. As part of my commitment to outdoor recreation, I established Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office in 2015. Fifteen states across the country have taken a similar step. As U.S. Senator, I will work to establish a federal Office of Outdoor Recreation, to be run jointly by the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and the Interior, as well as the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in order to promote outdoor recreation on federal lands, establish conservation and trade policies that grow the American outdoor industry, and provide matching funds to states that are inclined to establish their own outdoor recreation offices. My Plan for Addressing Today’s Most Pressing Conservation Challenges Protect Colorado’s Rare and Endangered Species — Coloradans are fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy the abundant wildlife that lives in and migrates through our state. But today, many species in Colorado are in trouble. I support the work of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Fish and Wildlife Resources, which recommends that Congress provide additional funding to states to conserve habitats for non-game species. As a result of the panel’s excellent work, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act has been introduced into Congress. With efforts like this, states like Colorado can gain the resources necessary to start to make the investments needed to conserve their non-game species. Secure Funding for National Fish Habitat Plans — Many Coloradans enjoy fishing our state’s magnificent lakes, rivers and streams every year. In addition to enriching our quality of life, this activity generates millions of dollars in revenue each year, creating jobs in Colorado and across the country. Yet we do not always take sufficient care of our fisheries, which jeopardizes recreational angling and the jobs that come with them. The National Fish Habitat Action Plan was established  in 2006 from the National Fish Habitat Partnership to begin to address this problem. Since then, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has provided $19 million to support hundreds of on-the-ground projects. But much more needs to be done. I will support the bipartisan National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act and make federal funding available to keep our fishing traditions alive. Support Efforts to Improve the Climate Resilience of America’s Landscape — Maintaining the capacity of Colorado’s lands to provide for robust and diverse populations of fish and wildlife in the face of climate change and other threats will require investments to conserve and enhance millions of acres. We must support the conservation of large, unbroken blocks of high-quality habitat across vast landscapes. I will help to lead the fight in Congress to fund state-level climate change resilience-related landscape-scale conservation efforts. Moreover, because of the importance of local input to make progress on this issue, I will work to ensure that our federal and local agencies are coordinating on the implementation of these smart investments. Support State and Federal Efforts to Map and Conserve Wildlife Corridors — Wildlife corridors support healthy populations of migrating wildlife, both now and in the future — even as climate change shifts their habitats. But conserving migration corridors will require resources. I intend to make those resources available by increasing funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Conservation Easement Programs. In addition, I will work with my colleagues in the Senate to pass federal highway legislation that makes a meaningful investment in these projects. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Share on print Join Us Email Address Zip Code Phone Number By providing your cell phone number you consent to receive 10 or more recurring updates or donation asks each month from Hickenlooper for Colorado by automated text message. Txt HELP for help, STOP to end. Msg&Data rates may apply. Privacy Policy. Terms of Service. Home Privacy Policy Terms Accessibility Volunteer Donate PAID FOR BY HICKENLOOPER FOR COLORADO PO Box 18886, Denver, CO 80218 Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Flickr Spotify Youtube
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A Plan to Fight for LGBTQ Equality - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now A Plan to Fight for LGBTQ Equality I believe in an America where who you love or how you identify has no impact on your physical safety or ability to succeed. We will not achieve true equality in this country until that is the reality in which we all live. The Trump administration rolled back years of hard work with its regressive policies and targeted attacks on the basic civil rights of LGBTQ Americans. Senator Gardner is complicit by voting to appoint anti-LGBTQ judges to the bench and failing to support the Equality Act. Coloradans deserve a senator who will fight for them. I have been a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community my entire adult life. As Governor, I was proud to sign a law to expand the Family and Medical Leave Act in Colorado to include same-sex partners. And before marriage equality was the law of the land, I called a special session of the General Assembly to pass civil unions here in Colorado. Republicans stonewalled that effort, but we passed civil unions [DATE REMOVED]. We also updated the state’s prohibition on profiling for law enforcement to include sexual orientation and gender identity and implemented new rules in the Colorado Civil Rights Division to include additional protections for the LGBTQ community. I am proud of what we accomplished in Colorado, but we have a long way to go to achieve full equality. As recently as [DATE REMOVED], the Trump Administration finalized a rule to remove nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals, which puts transgender Americans particularly at risk. And despite this, Senator Gardner is silent in pushing back against President Trump’s relentless attacks on our LGBTQ communities. As one of One Colorado’s Pro-Equality candidates, I am committed to supporting a policy agenda that fully reflects today’s inclusive, intersectional movement for LGBTQ rights. If elected, I will advocate for legislation that protects LGBTQ individuals against discrimination and furthers the cause of equal rights for every American. Embracing different identities is what makes our society stronger.  Pass the Equality Act — The Equality Act (H.R.5) is a commonsense proposal to update civil rights law and bring the existing patchwork of state regulations up to par. The legislation would strengthen non-discrimination protections in education, health care, housing, public services, and so much more. Sixty business associations and 70% of the American public support Congressional action on the Equality Act. While the House of Representatives passed the legislation on [DATE REMOVED], Mitch McConnell and Cory Gardner’s Senate has shown no intention of making this bill a law. As Senator, I will be a strong supporter of the Equality Act, because I believe that LGBTQ equality can’t wait another day. Strengthen Civil Rights Protections — Civil rights laws offer critical safeguards for individuals at higher risk of discrimination in society. It is unacceptable that in 2020, we still live in a country where Black trans women are brutally murdered and some school districts allow LGBTQ students to be bullied with impunity. As Senator, I will support funding for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, which prosecutes hate crimes and enforces anti-discrimination statutes that provide LGBTQ Americans an avenue for justice. I will vote to appoint judges who have a demonstrated record of upholding LGBTQ protections, to ensure that we can build on the legal progress we have made. I will support the Do No Harm Act, which will ensure no one can be denied services or health care based on who they are or whom they love. And I will push for rapid and consistent implementation of the Supreme Court’s landmark [DATE REMOVED] decision to ensure that LGBTQ Americans can enjoy the protections that Title VII provides them under the law.  Boost Economic Security for LGBTQ Workers and Business Owners — As a former small business owner, I know how quickly employees become family. At the Wynkoop, our work family had no tolerance for harassment, but I realize this is not the case across the country. It is time to pass stronger workplace protections into law, so that no one can be discriminated against because of their identity. Current wage disparities for LGBTQ workers make it more difficult to cover rent or the cost of groceries, and 22% of LGBTQ Americans live in poverty, compared to 16% of cisgender straight Americans. We must raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour and strengthen social safety net programs to level this uneven playing field. I am also an enthusiastic supporter of apprenticeship programs, which help all workers gain critical work experience and professional opportunities. And I support increasing access to capital for underrepresented entrepreneurs — including LGBTQ small business owners — because everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed. Protect Transgender Rights — Transgender Americans, particularly transgender individuals of color, suffer disproportionate levels of discrimination and harassment in this country. From housing to employment, transgender people are more likely to be marginalized, victimized, and have their needs disregarded. We are witnessing a human rights crisis in our own communities and Congress has a responsibility to act. The government, by lifting the ban on transgender people serving in the military and permitting transgender employees to use the restroom of their gender identity at federal offices, has demonstrated that progress is possible. These Obama-era decisions affirmed basic civil rights and improved the safety and economic future of untold numbers of Americans. But with President Trump using his office to undermine many of these hard-won protections, moral leadership from Congress is imperative. Furthermore, past progress belies how much farther we have yet to go. Inequality in the legal system, for example, is persistent and shocking. According to the 2015 Transgender Survey, transgender individuals are incarcerated at more than twice the rate of the general population, and nearly ten times more likely to be sexually assaulted while in prison. The abuse and mistreatment can be exacerbated in situations where individuals are housed according to the anatomy of their birth, rather than their gender identity, and denied gender-affirming health care, clothing, or other support. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will stand with the transgender community in fighting these practices, as well as promoting legislation that upholds vital anti-discrimination protections for all transgender Americans. Address Discrimination Against LGBTQ Individuals of Color — In 2019, at least 27 transgender or gender non-conforming individuals were murdered. The majority were Black. The deadly intersection of racism, transphobia, and homophobia persists in our nation today, but no federal data set currently tracks the frequency and circumstances of these murders. Furthermore, in police reports, officers often dishonor the individual by using their deadname, rather than their real name, further complicating our understanding of the scope of these hate crimes and denying victims the justice they deserve. Congress should act by passing the LGBTQ Essential Data Act, which uses the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System to track gender identity in violent deaths. As Senator, I will also support funding for culturally-competent trauma support for all LGBTQ individuals recovering from violence. Blatant racism is blinding us to the value of the lives being lost, the outrage we should all feel at a lack of justice, and the importance of acknowledging that Black lives matter includes Black trans lives. Congress needs to start acting like it. Expand Access to Inclusive Health Care — Health care is a human right. Yet even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), LGBTQ Americans are more likely to be uninsured than non-LGBTQ Americans. The numbers are even higher for transgender individuals and queer people of color. Introducing a public option to the insurance marketplace is an important step to expand coverage and increase affordability. But when 55 percent of LGBTQ Coloradans fear being treated differently by their provider, it is clear that insurance access is only a part of the problem. LGBTQ individuals deserve to receive gender-affirming and inclusive care, and Congress should expand competency training for physicians to address internal biases regarding gender and sexual orientation. Transgender Americans suffer inconsistent coverage for hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment surgery, and refusal of care from providers or insurers as recently announced by the Trump administration. Congress can step in to equalize access to medically necessary treatments and discrimination-free care. Finally, I support ending the FDA’s restriction on blood donations from men who have sex with men. It is an antiquated policy that embodies the legacy of discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in the medical community. We can further public health by shifting our focus to science-based blood donation standards. By focusing on these standards, we can not only ensure the highest level of safety for blood donations from every donor, but also help to reduce any stigma associated with blood donation from LGBTQ individuals. Fund HIV/AIDS Prevention and Research — HIV is an epidemic that has claimed 700,000 lives since 1981 and continues to infect new Americans today. More than 1,100,000 people currently live with HIV, and new infections disproportionately impact communities of color. Federal programs such as Ryan White and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have helped make significant progress against this disease, both at home and abroad, and should have the full support of Congress. The development of drugs that reduce rates of transmission was a watershed moment in the fight against HIV. Congress can make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) more available and affordable through legislation such as the PrEP Access and Coverage Act, as well as by funding grants to nonprofits in Colorado working to improve community health. Finally, we must continue to protect the ACA, which expanded coverage and treatment options for HIV-positive Americans, and is under attack by President Trump and the Republican-led Senate. Support LGBTQ Youth — LGBTQ youth are twice as likely as their peers to experience physical assault and 92% report hearing negative societal messages about their identity. Those who experience victimization are 2.5 times more likely to attempt self-harm. This is unacceptable. All children and young adults deserve to grow up in safe, accepting communities. We know which interventions work — we simply must find the political will to act. Doing so can save many young lives. First, we should start by banning conversion therapy — like we did here in Colorado — across the nation. Second, we must adequately fund mental health, counseling, and suicide prevention efforts. Third, Congress should support housing vouchers and community-based temporary shelter programs to address homelessness, as LGBTQ individuals account for up to 40% of the homeless youth population. Fourth, we can make it easier to change legal identification documents for individuals who are transitioning. Fifth and finally, the Department of Education should be a leader in protecting the rights of LGBTQ youth and funding LGBTQ training for educators. It has shirked its duty to support and protect students under Secretary Betsy DeVos. Since 2017, for example, Secretary DeVos dismissed every Title IX case presented to the department on behalf of transgender students and their right to use the restroom associated with their gender identity. Such discrimination can make school a traumatizing environment, and children can’t learn when they don’t feel safe. The Department has a responsibility to hold school districts accountable for incidences of bullying, exclusion, and harassment against LGBTQ students.  Reverse President Trump’s Discriminatory Agenda — President Trump and his administration have spent the [DATE REMOVED] systematically undermining the civil rights of the LGBTQ community. The president’s resume is one discriminatory policy after another: a ban against transgender individuals serving in the military, declining to appoint an LGBTQ liaison at the White House, failing to pursue discrimination complaints filed by transgender students, and so many others. In [DATE REMOVED], his administration announced the intention to redefine “sex discrimination” to exclude gender identity, reversing the Obama-era protection included in section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. The atrocious policy decisions of this president and his allies in Congress must not be allowed to stand. But it is not enough to just go back to where we were before. If elected Senator, in addition to reversing Trump’s agenda of hate, I vow to work with activists and allies to pass proactive legislation that truly advances the cause of equality for the entire LBGTQ community. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Share on print Join Us Email Address Zip Code Phone Number By providing your cell phone number you consent to receive 10 or more recurring updates or donation asks each month from Hickenlooper for Colorado by automated text message. Txt HELP for help, STOP to end. Msg&Data rates may apply. Privacy Policy. Terms of Service. Home Privacy Policy Terms Accessibility Volunteer Donate PAID FOR BY HICKENLOOPER FOR COLORADO PO Box 18886, Denver, CO 80218 Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Flickr Spotify Youtube
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