When Kamala Harris accepted Joe Biden’s invitation to become his running mate, she brought a pro-LGBTQ political record that goes back to 2004, when she was District Attorney of San Francisco. This is the most pro-equality ticket in history. Here is Harris’s record:
Hate Crimes Unit: As San Francisco Attorney General, in 2004 Harris established a hate crimes unit to investigate and prosecute anti-LGBTQ violence. In 2006, she organized a conference to discuss strategies to end the use of the so-called “gay and transgender panic defense”, the legal strategy where a defendant claims they acted in a state of violent, temporary insanity because of unwanted sexual advances. This led California to become the first state in the nation to ban this practice in law. As Senator, in 2018, Harris co-authored a bill to prohibit the practice nationally.
Rejection of “Kill the Gays” Proposition: As California’s Attorney General, she refused to defend Proposition 8, a ban on Marriage Equality passed by popular vote in 2008. In 2013, a federal court declared it unconstitutional. After Marriage Equality returned to California, Harris officiated the wedding of the couple who were plaintiffs in the case, the first marriage of a same-sex couple performed in the state following the decision. In 2015, she declined to certify a measure to institute the death penalty for same-sex acts, better known as the Kill the Gays initiative.
Ally in the Senate: As a Senator, Harris has been a staunch ally of LGBTQ Rights, co-sponsoring pro-equality legislation and speaking out against violence faced by trans women. She also a co-sponsored the Equality Act, a congressional bill that would amend many nondiscrimination laws to include LGBTQ people and protect us in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.
Presidential Platform: As candidate for president, she called for ending the transgender military ban and religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws. Harris has also vowed to push for the reversal of policies that discriminate against LGBTQ people in adoption, housing and public accommodations. Harris even promised to create a position of White House Advocate for LGBTQ Affairs, something she will continue to advocate for as our next Vice President. She also vowed to put LGBTQ people in the Cabinet and top positions if she were elected.
As a Senator, Harris has scored a perfect 100 on every Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Congressional Scorecard. She supports efforts to prevent anti-LGBTQ bullying in schools. She also opposes using religion as a license to discriminate. She also supports banning harmful conversion therapy.
Harris has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to Human Rights throughout her career. She and Joseph R. Biden both announced support of Marriage Equality before President Barack Obama came out in favor of it.
Biden and Harris are staunch supporters and allies of the LGBTQ struggle, a dramatic contrast to the regressive and harmful policies enacted by the fetid tangerine-hued president and the whitest man in America, Mike Pence. When Biden and Harris are sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States on January 20, 2021, we will have reason to dance in the streets.
Let’s wish Kamala the Happiest of Happy Birthdays!