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July 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and 115 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Attorney General William Barr, calling on the agencies to eliminate the ban on open transgender military service. This follows the June 15, 2020 Supreme Court ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination.
June 15, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, released the following statement following the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination against gay and transgender individuals:
May 11, 2020 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md) joined a bicameral group of colleagues in calling on the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to take urgent action to protect the global LGBTQI population and other vulnerable communities that are being persecuted and discriminated against during the coronavirus pandemic. Many governments are using the public health emergency as an excuse to further marginalize LGBTQI individuals and exclude vulnerable communities from short- and long-term response and recovery planning.

May 7, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Chair of Pro-Choice Caucus’s Abortion Rights and Access Task Force, Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Chair of Pro-Choice Caucus’s Providers and Clinics Task Force and more than than 155 colleagues in calling on House Democratic leadership to ensure that any future COVID-19 relief packages reject Republican efforts to diminish access to comprehensive reproductive health care.
May 7, 2020 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep.

May 4, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Diana DeGette (CO-1), Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (NY-17) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel (NY-16) in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Trump Administration urging them to take immediate action to exempt emergency global health funding appropriated by Congress for the COVID-19 response from the dangerous and inefficient global gag rule and to provide a humanitarian exemption to allow the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to compete for emergency supplemental funding.
April 10, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined Reps. Lou Correa (CA-46) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) in introducing a Resolution promoting minority health awareness to bring attention to the discrepancies in health care faced by minority populations in the United States.
March 26, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined his fellow LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Co-Chairs Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Sharice Davids (KS-03) in sending a letter to Ambassador Deborah Birx, Coordinator of the White House’s Coronavirus Response Task Force. The letter, outlines the significant concerns facing the LGBTQ community in the face of the coronavirus crisis and asks Dr. Birx to issue a clear statement that resources are provided to the public in response to the crisis without discrimination. The letter was signed by 87 Members of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus.
February 28, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—This week, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, held a hearing on the ways the Trump Administration is undermining LGBTQ rights.
February 27, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Below is Rep. Jamie Raskin’s, Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today’s hearing on the ways the Trump Administration is undermining LGBTQ rights.