Civil Rights and Equality

Congressmember Adriano Espaillat is a tireless advocate of civil rights, and has been a champion for the LGBTQ community. As one of his first acts in Congress, he joined the LGBT Equality Caucus.

Congressmember Espaillat was also an original cosponsor of the Equality Act of 2017.

  • The Equality Act ensures that the same protections already extended to other protected classes are equally available to LGBT Americans. It amends existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, Federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of Federal funds.
  • In some of these areas, federal law prohibiting sex discrimination has already been properly interpreted by federal courts and administrative agencies to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • The Equality Act affirms that understanding of existing law and makes the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity explicit, in order to provide greater clarity to members of the public, employers, schools, businesses and other affected parties. In areas where sex discrimination is not already prohibited, the bill amends existing law to bar discrimination on the basis of sex, as well as sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Congressmember Espaillat is also a member of the Pro Choice Caucus, and has been vocal about Equal Pay for Equal Work.

More on Civil Rights and Equality

February 16, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y.Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host his annual Black History Month event on Thursday, February 22nd at 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (EDT) in the Alhambra Ballroom located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

This year’s event will recognize community service and change leaders, and reflect on the achievement and contributions African Americans have played throughout the history and fabric of the United States.

This event is open to the public and press.

February 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass on the bicentennial anniversary of his birth:

January 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   

December 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Bronx Representatives Serrano, Engel, Crowley, and Espaillat today sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to make a priority addressing the LGBT community needs a priority in his upcoming terms as Mayor. Among the recommendations, the members emphasized the need to open an LGBT community center in the Bronx – the only borough that doesn’t have one to this date.