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

July 18, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis:

 

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced more than $400,000 in federal grant funding through the CARES Act economic stabilization efforts to help support several cultural institutions located in New York’s 13th congressional district.

June 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) votó para aprobar la H.R. 7120, la Ley George Floyd de Justicia en la Vigilancia Policial. Este proyecto de ley tomaría medidas clave para lograr un cambio estructural transformador para combatir el patrón de violencia policial.

June 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) voted to pass H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This bill would take key steps to achieve transformational, structural change to combat the pattern of police violence. Among the many strong provisions of this bill, Congressman Espaillat’s bill, H.R.

June 25, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) made the following remarks today on the U.S. House Floor in support of H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020.

 

The following are remarks by Rep. Espaillat, as prepared for delivery:

 

 

“Mr./Madam speaker, I rise in strong support of this bill.

 

“One month ago today, George Floyd was murdered.

 

June 9, 2020 Press Release
June 9, 2020 Press Release


NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced support of the Justice in Policing Act, led by members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which would take key steps to achieve transformational, structural change to combat the pattern of police violence:

June 9, 2020 Press Release
NEW YORK, NYRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement today in recognition of PRIDE Month.