WASHINGTON D.C. — (03-29-23) — Lawmakers U.S. Reps. Robert Garcia (D-CA) and Sara Jacobs (D-CA), introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require the U.S. State Department to promote LGBTQ and intersex rights abroad through its public policy.

Garcia and Jacobs introduced the ‘International Human Rights Defense Act‘ on Tuesday and is already being sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) in the U.S. Senate.

Garcia, who represents California’s 42nd Congressional District, became the first openly gay immigrant elected to Congress last November.

Back in 2021, president Joe Biden signed a memorandum comitting the U.S. to promoting LGBTQ and intersex rights abroad as part of the Biden-Harris administration’s foreign policy agenda.

With Uganda now criminalizing the LGBTQ Community with criminal prosecutions that could result in a death sentence, Rep. Garcia says that the International Human Rights Defense Act was a big part of why she is spear heading the discussion on LGBTQ and intersex rights.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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