Although New Jersey has robust protections for LGBTQ+ people, this isn’t the situation for the entirety of the United States. Violence and discrimination against gay and gender non-coforming people remains common. Even in our state — with all our protections — we’ve recently seen attacks on transwomen by police and other actors. This type of violence should have no place in our district, our state, nor our country.

In the United States, LGBTQ+ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their cis and straight peers. While New Jersey has some shelters dedicated to remedying this, we must push for dedicated federal funding to eradicate this issue.

Every one of us deserves lives free from discrimination, physical abuse, and psychological violence. We can and should be doing more to support our LGBTQ+ communities, and as your Congresswoman, I will: