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Rep. Barbara Lee Wins Top Slot Among House's Most Pro-Gay


The website ThinkProgress last week rounded-up the seven most anti-gay U.S. Representatives. This week they've followed up with a tally the most pro-equality Representatives.

California Congresswoman Barbara Lee comes in first, thanks to her co-sponsorship of 23 out of 27 pro-LGBT laws. Though D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton also backed 23 pieces of legislation, she is a non-voting member and therefore not part of the 11.

The other ten are all Democrats: Reps. Tammy Baldwin, Keith Ellison, Bob Filner, Raul M. Grijalva, John Lewis, Carolyn Maloney, Gwen Moore, Forney "Pete" Stark, Edophus Towns and Lynn C. Woosley.

You can read the break down of who's done what over at ThinkProgress.

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  1. Thank you for posting this story, Andrew. And thank you so much for posting the photographs of these equal civil rights for Gays politicians.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 3, 2012 10:28:47 AM

  2. Kind of crappy to not give Rep Norton an honor too.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 3, 2012 10:40:11 AM

  3. Hmmm, comparing these faces with the anti-gay ones posted earlier, one notices certain differences. Toggle back to the previous one and see if any sharp eyes can notice what those could be. And who would have guessed that they're all Democrats?! Shocker! But I'm sure as soon as those latest LCR lobbying efforts kick in, those straight white Republican males will be totally on our side!

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 3, 2012 10:53:29 AM

  4. How can you have a list of the top pro-LGBT members of congress and NOT include Barney Frank?

    Posted by: bethany | Jul 3, 2012 10:57:08 AM

  5. Or Jared Polis? Could he and Frank not have actually voted for the same pieces of legislation?

    Posted by: DCer | Jul 3, 2012 11:08:11 AM

  6. This is good we need to know who is on our side and helping us get our equal and Civil Rights like gay marriage and decent jobs we can keep, etc., keep up the good works.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 3, 2012 11:11:27 AM

  7. I'm in Rep. Raul Grijalva's district.. he's great for equality!

    Posted by: Lucas | Jul 3, 2012 11:14:48 AM

  8. and most are not white. exactly. suck on that, bitter angry conservative whiteboy racists :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 3, 2012 11:15:30 AM

  9. @LITTLEKIWI Amen! And AMEN!

    And, just an asterisk to the ten Congresspersons listed, Keith Ellison is a devout, practising Muslim and one of the many rising stars of the Democratic Party.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 3, 2012 11:45:20 AM

  10. Carolyn Maloney districts has a very large growing gay population in Astoria, Queens so it is refreshing to see her name on here. Think I may need to call and thank her. Thanks for posting this!

    P.S. Also curious where Barney Frank is here??

    Posted by: Opinionated | Jul 3, 2012 11:47:22 AM

  11. @Ernie In all seriousness, do you think that some Far Left political organization is not going to artificially come up with a "diverse" group that is purportedly the most in favor of equality, just as they would insist on "diversity" in any kind of group they chose to associate themselves with, regardless of what the actual empirical facts are?

    The very fact that Barney Frank, himself, is not even on the list is a dead giveaway to how totally bogus this whole exercise is, as was the absence of Michelle Bachman from the "enemies" list.

    Look, everybody gets it: the Far Left hates white males and wants to perpetuate the mythology that everybody who is not a white male is an innocent victim of those who are and is somehow "united" against the Evil White Male......and that is apparent in everything they do......which is precisely why they have no credibility with the vast majority of the population and why the gay movement being associated with them has severely damaged our efforts to make progress.

    It is why they jumped on the Trayvon Martin bandwagon before any facts were even known--in stark contrast to the vast majority of the population.

    They live in a Fantasyland that is just as removed from reality as the Fantasyland the Far Right lives in.

    Just about every gay rights victory we have had--the few that there have been--has been the consequence of initiative being taken by straight, white, males.....who also provided much, even most of the funding.....while virtually every defeat we have suffered at the ballot box has been due to the disproportionate opposition of racial minorities.

    Those are the facts, whether they fit your twisted ideology or not.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 3, 2012 12:09:10 PM

  12. She's not on this list, but cheers to another great LGBT ally in the House, my congresswoman, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Il. She is a superb friend of our community. And I get to see her every year at Chicago Pride. :-)

    Posted by: Terry | Jul 3, 2012 12:11:09 PM

  13. Rep. Gwen looks like a dolled up Derrick J in that picture.

    Posted by: webdemon | Jul 3, 2012 12:11:32 PM

  14. I just hate blacks and women and fems and everyone who is openly gay! I hate it!! GAHHHHHHH!

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 3, 2012 12:16:41 PM

  15. @Rick. Take a chill pill. It's based upon sponsored legislation.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 3, 2012 12:19:34 PM

  16. "It's based upon sponsored legislation"

    Which is meaningless if you want to measure real support.

    Everybody knows that there are some members of Congress who are "party line" types, meaning that they can be depended upon to follow the leadership in just about everything and will add their names as co-sponsors to all kinds of bills the leadership favors, to be "good soldiers".

    And that is what this list looks like--the "followers"......except perhaps for John Lewis and Carolyn Maloney, none of them is well-known or regarded as a real leader in Congress.

    I have no doubt that the people who put this list together experimented with criteria until they found one that would give them the right level of "diversity" they wanted in the people they were holding up for praise.

    The Far Left and their endless comical antics......

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 3, 2012 12:29:08 PM

  17. @WEBDEMON:

    Good Lord! You scared the hell out of me. I had to Google "Derrick J" and then what I saw made me even more scared.

    Believe me, I'm in Philadelphia NOT Atlanta. But Derrick J is a brave soul, I must say.


    Unlike what happens in public referenda on marriage equality, minority voters elect minority politicians who are in favor of civil rights for Gay Americans. These politicians' pro-Gay views do not stop minority voters from putting them back into office over and over again.

    How many White Hetero Republican men support pro-Gay politicians? You think Southern Baptists maybe? NO.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 3, 2012 12:33:28 PM

  18. @Derrick See "party line" point above. Anybody who knows how Washington works knows that there is all kinds of horse-trading that is engaged in; votes for one bill "traded" for votes for another. I have no doubt that Nancy Pelosi and others in the Democratic leadership (reinforced by John Lewis, whose support for gay rights is genuine) has made it clear to the Congressional Black Caucus what is expected of them from the party leadership in exchange for having their own agenda kept front and center.....and one of those expectations is that they will support gay rights legislation.

    I seriously doubt that most of their constituents are even aware of their co-sponsorship of these bills...and in any case, what choice would they have if they did not approve of it, given that anybody they might turn to as an alternative would also be a Democrat and subject to the same pressures from the party leadership?

    The sad fact of the matter is that when racial minorities have been given an opportunity to express their real views through the anonymity of the ballot box, they have demonstrated overwhelming hostility to gay rights.....and that is simply a fact. I hope that changes and maybe seeing President Obama and others become more visible in their support will bring about such change, but until that happens, exercises like these are just exercises in dishonesty.....

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 3, 2012 12:48:36 PM

  19. "...racial minorities have been given an opportunity to express their real views through the anonymity of the ballot box, they have demonstrated overwhelming hostility to gay rights"

    he says as if White republicans are shining angels of mercy when it comes to gay rights.

    For the most part, gay rights are not decided at the ballot box by "the people".

    They are decided in city halls and state and federal legislatures.

    And the almost all white republican Party has expressed their views in legislatures and party platforms

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 3, 2012 12:56:38 PM

  20. "he says as if White republicans are shining angels of mercy when it comes to gay rights"

    No, Kev, I did not say it like that. I have never pulled any punches when it comes to white homophobes, regardless of party affiliation, any more than most people here have.

    All I have done is point out that bi-partisanship is essential if we are to make real progress and that we cannot afford as a group to become prisoners to one political party.

    As African-Americans, surely you and Derrick should see the perils that ensue for a group that does allow itself to do so. That group and its agenda becomes seen as part of the agenda of the Left, which alienates much of the rest of the population......ergo the racist motives of the Tea Party.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 3, 2012 1:06:04 PM

  21. Rick, I sometimes support your viewpoints (or at least your right to express them) but you're just looking like a complete buffoon here. The NAACP doesn't support gay marriage because of "horse-trading" of votes in Congress. Your 'liberal Left' boogeyman doesn't hate white males but doesn't think they should get a pass on everything just because they are white males. There's a BIG difference. Trust me, the 'conservative right' hates gay males, including you no matter how butch you are or how much money you give to Republicans, way more than the liberal left hates white males.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Jul 3, 2012 1:12:44 PM

  22. @Rick.
    "Anyone who understands Washington" knows they are legislators, so what they are measured by is sponsorship and votes on legislation. But don't let that get in the way of your racist guesswork on their motivations.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 3, 2012 1:13:41 PM

  23. But, in deference to realpolitik, I will admit there's still a gulf between national black political leadership and the average African-American citizen. Just as a Mormon recently wrote an op-ed confessing that Mormons are not Christians, which they are not, maybe it's time for a prominent gay writer to put forth the notion that even though we believe same-sex marriage is a civil right, we do not see our civil rights travails as equaling those of African-Americans. We were not enslaved and brought over to style hair and decorate colonial mansions (lol). I think some African Americans resent that parallels are drawn between the two.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Jul 3, 2012 1:24:17 PM

  24. No shocks here. Move along.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 3, 2012 3:26:29 PM

  25. "we do not see our civil rights travails as equaling those of African-Americans. We were not enslaved and brought over to style hair and decorate colonial mansions (lol)"

    Right, we were just burned alive in concentration camps and burned at the stake before that.

    No comparison, right?

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 3, 2012 3:33:00 PM

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