Equality For All

LGBTQ+ rights are human rights. No one should face discrimination because of who they are and who they love, yet the fight for equal protection under the law is far from over. The federal government currently has no law against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identify.

What I am Doing for You

In the 116th Congress, my colleagues and I passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act, of which I’m an original co-sponsor. This bipartisan bill would ensure the same protections already extended to other protected classes are equally available to LGBTQ+ Americans. It would amend existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of federal funds.

In the 116th Congress, my colleagues and I passed H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which I co-sponsored. This bill would ensure that employers pay women and men equally for equal work. I also cosponsored this bill in the 113th, 114th and 115th Congresses.

In 2019, I voted YES on an amendment to H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, to overturn the ban on transgender troops serving in the military. It was adopted by a vote of 242-187.

I coordinated and sent a letter, signed by 64 Members, to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in January 2019 asking him to publicly condemn violence against the LGBT community in Chechnya and to urge Russian leaders to stop this persecution.

I supported efforts to guarantee a safe and supportive learning environment by co-sponsoring the Student Non-Discrimination Act, to prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, protect students from intimidation and violence, and create learning environments in which each and every child can learn and thrive.

I also co-sponsored the Voices for Veterans Act, which would extend and expand the membership of the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to include veterans who are members of the LGBT community.

More on Equality For All

January 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), David Cicilline (RI-01), and Lee Zeldin (NY-01) on Tuesday led 62 other House Members in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to publicly condemn the violence against the LGBT community in Chechnya and to pressure Russian leaders to stop this persecution.

January 19, 2017 In The News

More than 1,000 are expected to take part in a women's march on January 21 in Walnut Creek.

The Women’s March Contra Costa County/Walnut Creek is a sister-march to the march in Washington, D.C. on the same day. Hundreds of marches are taking place throughout the country and world on January 21.

Congressmembers Eric Swalwell and Mark DeSaulnier and California State Senator Nancy Skinner are participating the event.

January 14, 2017 In The News

Pleasanton's Congressman Eric Swalwell recently announced he will join the House Judiciary Committee in addition to continuing to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

A deputy district attorney in Alameda County before being elected to the House of Representatives, Swalwell said he was "honored" to be selected for the Judiciary Committee, which oversees matters relating to the administration of justice in federal courts, administrative bodies and law enforcement agencies.