June 22, 1941 – Elizabeth Warren:
We all know why Donald Trump makes creepy physical threats about me, right? He’s scared. He’s trying to do what he always does to women who scare him: call us names, attack us personally, shrink us down to feel better about himself. It may soothe his ego — but it won’t work.
With 23 Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential race, it is hard to keep track of their policy proposals, but what a difference a decade makes, all the Dems have at least an “okay” stand on LGBTQ Rights.
Elizabeth Warren is a law professor who has served six years as a Massachusetts Senator. She is known for her consumer advocacy and efforts to take on the big financial institutions. Her biggest project, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was created in 2011.
Among her other big ideas: A 2% tax on wealth exceeding $50 million and a 3% tax on wealth above $1 billion; the Green New Deal; a proposed plan to eliminate $640 billion in student debt, funded by her wealth tax proposal, which includes universal free public college; Medicare For All; a break up of Google, Facebook and Amazon, prohibiting companies with over $25 billion in revenue to act as operators and users of a platform; a corporate tax of 7% tax on companies’ profits over $100 million; the legalization of weed at the federal level; replacing the electoral college with a national popular vote; a plan to allow the DOJ to indict sitting presidents; a ban on private prisons; protection of reproductive rights; an investment of $50 billion in historically black colleges and universities, referencing “the persistent racial wealth gap in our country“.
Warren has taken heat for claims of Native American heritage. She commissioned a DNA test to prove she had Cherokee ancestry, which she later apologized for, but she has never apologized for her longtime support for LGBTQ Rights.
Warren received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard. She co-sponsorsed of the Equality Act and was outspoken in her opposition to Supreme Court nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett “I Like Beer” Kavanaugh, as well as all the other anti-LGBTQ Trump nominees.
Do you remember in 2017 at the confirmation hearings on POTUS’s nominee for Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, the elfin Senator from Alabama with the long history of homophobia and racism? Warren started reading the Senate a letter written to Congress in 1986 by Civil Rights icon Coretta Scott King, urging senators to reject Sessions’ nomination as a federal judge because of his history of suppressing and intimidating black voters.
Senate Majority Leader and human barnacle Mitch McConnell tried to cut her off, but, as he famously said: “Nevertheless, she persisted“. McConnell finally invoked a rule that forced Warren to stop, but the hashtag #ShePersisted along with dozens of memes became widely used. Sessions did get confirmed as AG, but he was ousted by POTUS, who considered him insufficiently loyal, and now he has taken up knitting.
Warren has been persisting on behalf of LGBTQ citizens, for decades. In 2011, she came out forcibly for Marriage Equality, and measures to combat bullying in schools. Warren:
No one — no one — should be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religion.
Days after the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in a historic 236-to-173 vote, Warren reaffirmed her belief in full equality for LGBTQ Americans under the law. Warren:
Our LGBTQ friends across the country continue to face discrimination at work, at school, and in their communities. At every turn, President Trump and his right-wing allies have been doing whatever they can to unravel their rights.
Under the Equality Act there would be a guarantee of equal treatment for LGBTQ people in all forms of public life, including the jury system, education, federal funding, credit, and public accommodations. Under such a law, transgender people would have the right to access public restrooms and facilities that align with their lived gender identities.
Right now, LGBTQ people can still be fired from their jobs, denied housing, or refused bathroom access because of their identity in 29 states.
Of course, Warren is not alone in her support of the Equality Act, nearly all Democratic candidates running for the White House in 2020 support it, but last month, Warren tweeted:
…nobody should be discriminated against for who they are or who they love—period.
Warren also says that she would reverse the State Department’s decision to deny visas to unmarried same-sex partners of foreign diplomats, a decision that forces foreign diplomats stationed in the U.S. to marry their partners if they wished to keep from being separated and partners deported under the policy might face harassment, discrimination, or even violence in countries which have yet to allow couples to marry. Warren called the decision “…cruel and discriminatory, and does nothing to enhance our national security”.
Warren says that she would protect the rights for transgender people and reverse the administration’s transgender military ban. She wrote:
The only thing—only thing—that matters when it comes to allowing military personnel to serve is whether or not they can handle the job. Trump can pretend this is a military decision, but it isn’t. Banning troops on gender identity is shameful and makes us less safe. We’ll stand with service members and fight this cruelty with everything we’ve got.
Warren has also called for an end to discrimination against gay and bisexual men who wish to donate blood and to ban the practice of conversion therapy nationwide, a treatment she calls “dangerous and cruel”. She was one of 20 Democrats behind the reintroduction of the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, joining in the effort by presidential hopefuls Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders.
Warren first came out publicly in favor of Marriage Equality in 2011 during her successful campaign for the Senate. She came out for marriage equality months before President Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton did the same. When President Obama was still evolving in his views on Marriage Equality, Warren said it was time for him to become fully evolved. Warren:
I want to see the president evolve because I believe that is right; marriage equality is morally right.
Eight weeks later, Obama expressed unequivocal support for Marriage Equality. He was reelected in November, when Warren was elected to her first Senate term, beating Republican incumbent Scott Brown.
In the summer of 2015, she wrote an op-ed piece for Time magazine praising the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality ruling, writing:
When looking at this equal marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asserts that the Constitution ‘had nothing to do with it. He’s wrong. Our Constitution had everything to do with it — with the liberty of two adults to have their love treated the same as that of any other couple. And it is because of the tireless work of jurists, lawyers, husbands like Jim Obergefell, and countless other LGBTQ Americans who stepped forward to speak out, that our nation will no longer look away from what our Constitution requires.
At the start of 2019, Warren apologized for what she called the “one blemish” on her LGBTQ rights record: her opposition to medical care for transgender inmates. In 2012, she claimed that gender confirming surgeries for trans people behind bars was not a “good use of taxpayer dollars”. But after years of declining to address the statement, Warren now claims that she has evolved on the issue.
She had a disastrous end of 2018, in hoping to put questions about her claims to Native American heritage behind her, she released a video that she hoped would clear things up. It did the opposite. She became a punch line. So, she began to build and roll out a series of detailed policy proposals designed to put the Native American debacle behind her.
Today, on her birthday, Biden leads, with Warren, Sanders, Warren, Pete Buttigieg in tight race for second place.
By the way, Warren wasn’t always a progressive, until 1996, she was a registered Republican, but then Hillary Clinton switched to the Democrats in 1968, after having campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964, but hey, a girl reserves the right to change her mind, although I have never voted for a Republican for any office. Ever. But that’s just me.
I’m in this fight because I am grateful. My daddy ended up as a janitor and I had a chance to become a public school teacher, a college professor, and a united states senator. I am grateful to America down to my toes. I am grateful, but I am also determined.