Gays and lesbians gained rights in this country though activism and organizing, creating political space and demanding change. I was encouraged by the Supreme Court’s long overdue ruling on marriage equality, but the fight isn’t over, there is still more work to be done to ensure true equality for all Americans.
 

A HISTORY OF STANDING UP FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY

As Executive Director of Hate Free Zone of Washington (now OneAmerica), Pramila led the organization to sign the amicus brief in the landmark marriage equality case Andersen v. King County. Pramila pushed for LGBTQ equality as a long-term organizing project, leading to One America joining the coordinating committee of the Washington United for Marriage campaign — turning out the vote for marriage equality across the state. She also brought together national LGBTQ and immigration rights groups to broaden the movement and have an even greater impact for change.

In the State Senate, Pramila fought back Republican efforts to repeal protections for transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. She also voted to protect LGBTQ youth, by prohibiting the practice of conversion therapy for minors.

FIGHTING FOR FULL LGBTQ RIGHTS

Despite recent victories, 31 states still lack clear non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. In Congress, Pramila will join the Congressional Equality Caucus to pass the Equality Act and the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which establish protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people in employment, housing, credit, education and adoption among others. In addition, she’ll fight for fair and accepting schools for LGBTQ young people, to put an end to conversion therapy, and to provide needed funding for programs that assist homeless LGBTQ youth.