Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

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Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
IdeologyLGBT rights
Social liberalism
Political positionCenter to center-left
Seats in the House Democratic Caucus
164 / 235
Seats in the House
165 / 435
Seats in the House Republican Caucus
1 / 198
Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus Members at the Kick-off Press Conference from left to right: Niki Tsongas (D–MA), José Serrano (D–NY), Xavier Becerra (D–CA), Hilda Solis (D–CA), Jerry Nadler (D–NY), Barbara Lee (D–CA), Tammy Baldwin (D–WI), Lois Capps (D–CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–FL), Linda Sánchez (D–CA), Mike Honda (D–CA), James McGovern (D–MA), Barney Frank (D–MA), Chris Shays (R–CT).

The formation of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus was announced on June 4, 2008, by openly gay representatives Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank.[1][2] The caucus currently has 165 members (164 Democrats and 1 Republican) in the 116th United States Congress. The caucus is co-chaired by the United States House of Representatives' seven openly LGBT members: Representatives David Cicilline, Angie Craig, Sharice Davids, Sean Patrick Maloney, Chris Pappas, Mark Pocan, and Mark Takano.


The mission of the caucus is to work for LGBT rights, the repeal of laws discriminatory against LGBT persons, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and improved health and well-being for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.[3] The caucus serves as a resource for Members of Congress, their staffs, and the public on LGBT issues.[3] Unlike the Congressional Black Caucus, famous for admitting only black members, the LGBT Equality Caucus admits any member who is willing to advance LGBT rights, regardless of their sexual identity or orientation; it has historically been co-chaired by every openly-LGBT member of the House.

Equality PAC

In February 2016 the caucus formed the Equality PAC to support candidates running for federal office who are LGBT or seek to advance LGBT rights. On March 14, 2016, the board of the Equality PAC voted to endorse Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election.[4]

Task Forces

During the 114th United States Congress, the caucus formed the Transgender Equality Task Force (TETF) and the LGBT Aging Issues Task Force. In the 116th United States Congress, the TETF is chaired by Joe Kennedy III and the LGBT Aging Issues Task Force is chaired by Ted Deutch.[5] The TETF is committed to pushing for legislative and administrative action to ensure that transgender people are treated equally and with dignity and respect. The LGBT Aging Issues Task Force works to push for legislative and administrative action to protect the dignity and security of elderly LGBT people.


The below table summarizes the number of caucus members by party over a number of legislative sessions, the drop in membership numbers in the 114th congress was predominantly due to this being the first year that caucus members were charged fees for their membership:

Congress Democratic Republican Total
111th 90 1 91[6]
112th 101 3 104[7]
113th 112 2 114
114th 55 0 55[8]
115th 113 2 115[9]
116th 164 1 165[10]
Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus in the 116th United States Congress

List of Caucus members in the 116th Congress:


Vice chairs


Former co-chairs

Former members

See also


  1. ^ "House Members Form LGBT Equality Caucus: Goal is Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Americans" (Press release). LGBT Equality Caucus. June 4, 2008. Archived from the original on December 11, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "U.S. House Members Form First Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus", The Advocate, February 5, 2008, retrieved April 7, 2010
  3. ^ a b "Mission". LGBT Equality Caucus. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Equality PAC latest to endorse Clinton
  5. ^ "Task Forces". LGBT Equality Caucus. March 25, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "LGBT Equality Caucus Membership List". Archived from the original on January 20, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  7. ^ "LGBT Equality Caucus Membership List". Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "House LGBT Caucus Announces Largest Membership in Caucus History with 165 Members in the 116th Congress". March 11, 2019. Retrieved June 8, 2019.

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