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  • Hastings’ Statement on National HIV Testing Day
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBTQ Equality, Health Care, HIV/AIDS

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the 23rd annual National HIV Testing Day: “Even as the rate of annual HIV infections declines, the HIV/AIDS epidemic remains a pressing concern in my district and across the country. Approximately one in seven people currently infected with HIV don’t know their status. As we mark National HIV Testing Day, I believe it is important to champion regular testing, early detection, and treatment options that allow people inf... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on LGBT Pride Month
    Posted in Press Releases on June 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBTQ Equality

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking LGBT Pride Month: “The start of June marks the beginning of LBGT Pride Month and the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. I would like to wish all of my friends in the LGBT community a ‘Happy Pride.’ This month, we celebrate the individuals who continue to fight for freedom, fairness, and equal opportunity for all. “I am proud to be an original cosponsor of H.R.2282, the Equality Act, legislation recently in... Read more

  • Hastings: Trump Administration Abandoned Transgender Students
    Posted in Press Releases on February 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, LGBTQ Equality

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after the Trump Administration rescinded protections for transgender students enacted by President Obama: “In rescinding guidance issued by President Obama’s Administration, President Trump has abandoned transgender students across the country. I am deeply disappointed by the Administration’s retraction of these important protections that benefit nearly 150,000 transgender students. “This is not a states’ rights issue as the W... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBTQ Equality, HIV/AIDS

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement in recognition of the 17th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: “Seventeen years ago, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was first observed in order to raise awareness about the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on African Americans. Today, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day continues to serve as a valuable mobilization effort encouraging African Americans to be aware, be informed, and to get treated. “Unfortunately... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on One-Month Anniversary of Orlando Mass Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBTQ Equality, Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the one-month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida: “As we mark the one-month anniversary of the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history, Republicans in Congress continue to block important legislation to prevent future tragedies. Americans are demanding action, and Democrats continue to answer their calls by advocating for common sense gun control reforms that will keep us safe without s... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Discriminatory LGBT Mississippi Law
    Posted in Press Releases on April 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBTQ Equality

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a controversial measure into law allowing businesses and other private organizations to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individuals based on religious belief: “Governor Bryant’s decision to sign the so-called ‘religious freedom’ bill is totally unconscionable. Every day, qualified and hardworking Americans are denied job opportunities, harassed, f... Read more

  • Hastings Helps Lead Effort to Implement Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBTQ Equality

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement expressing his support as an original co-sponsor of The Equality Act, legislation that would prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in public accommodations, housing, employment, and other critically important areas of daily life: “I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced today by Representative David Cicilline (D-RI), that seeks to end discrimination aga... Read more

  • Hastings Applauds Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBTQ Equality, Judiciary Issues

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling extending the right to marry to same-sex couples nationwide: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges​ is a momentous step forward in the fight for equality. I join the entire LGBT community, along with their friends and family, in celebrating this historic day. For far too long, same-sex couples have been forced to suffer discrimination and prejudice simply because of who the... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on LGBT Pride Month
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBTQ Equality

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in recognition of LGBT Pride Month: “Each June, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the remarkable progress made toward achieving equality for all, while also reflecting on the work that remains. “It is fitting that this LGBT Pride Month, the Supreme Court is also expected to issue a ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges​, a case that could determine whether same-sex couples across the country may legally marry... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBTQ Equality

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement regarding Governor Mike Pence’s announcement that he will direct the Indiana legislature to issue a clarification to SB 101, a law that if permitted to go into effect as written will serve as a vehicle for discrimination based on sexual orientation: “SB 101, in its current form, poses a direct threat to the unity, tolerance and equality of not only the state of Indiana, but of the entire country. By permitting individuals a... Read more