From her two decades as a supervisor and then mayor of San Francisco, when the city was at the forefront of bringing LGBTQ people out of the shadows, to her work in Washington, Senator Dianne Feinstein has always been a champion for the LGBTQ community.
She was one of just 14 senators to vote against the original discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and she proudly authored legislation to repeal DOMA and led the filing of amicus briefs in Supreme Court cases that eventually overturned DOMA and established marriage equality nationwide.
She proudly voted to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and supports legislation that would expand the definition of hate crimes to include sexual orientation, gender, and disability. She’s also cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban employers from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
And she was a strong opponent of Proposition 8 in 2008.
Today, she’s standing up against Donald Trump’s attacks on LGBTQ equality and has introduced legislation nullify his “Free Speech and Religious Liberty” executive order to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ individuals, women and religious minorities.