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Barbara Lee: ‘Most pro-LGBT member of Congress’

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, is the most pro-LGBT member of Congress, according to an analysis by the liberal ThinkProgress blog.

Barbara LeeLee sponsored or cosponsored 23 of the 27 pieces of pro-LGBT legislation that the blog used for its test. More specifically, she authored the proposed Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2011, an LGBT-inclusive sex education bill, and the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2011, to improve tracking of health data for LGBT people and other minority groups. She’s also a founding member and vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., equaled Lee’s score of 23 out of 27, but because residents of the District of Columbia don’t have full representation in Congress, Norton can only vote in committees.

Ten other House members — all Democrats — signed on to at least 20 pro-LGBT proposals, putting them just behind Lee and Norton. Included among them are Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, and Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma.

See a list of the 27 pieces of legislation on which ThinkProgress based its analysis, after the jump…

The pro-LGBT bills were:

H.CON.RES.40, a resolution supporting the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence
H.R.975, the Anti-Bullying and Harassment Act of 2011
H.R.998, the Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2011
H.R.1028, the Equal Access to COBRA Act of 2011
H.R.1048, the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2011
H.R.1116, the Respect for Marriage Act
H.R.1397, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
H.R.1488, the Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act of 2011
H.R.1537, the Uniting American Families Act of 2011
H.R.1648, the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2011
H.R.1681, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act
H.R.1774, the Increasing Access to Voluntary Screening for HIV/AIDS and STIs Act of 2011
H.R.1796, the Reuniting Families Act
H.R.2310, the Equal Access to COBRA Act of 2011
H.R.2346, the Balancing Act of 2011
H.R.2364, the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act
H.R.2954, the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2011
H.R.3030, the HOME Act of 2011
H.R.3151, the Domestic Violence Leave Act
H.R.3324, the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2011
H.R.3485, the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2011
H.R.4271, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012
H.R.4609, the Social Security Equality Act of 2012
H.R.4982, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012
H.R.5638, the Service Member Anti-Hazing Act
H.R.5848, the Juror Non-Discrimination Act of 2012
H.RES.100, a resolution honoring the life of David Kato and other victims of anti-LGBT violence in Uganda

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    That is quite a record. But what has she done for the mentally ill?