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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

U.S. Rep Darren Soto reacts to Rivera Shatz's actions against the LGBTQ community in Puerto Rico

April 6, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) released the following statement in regards to the decision of the President of the Senate of Puerto Rico, Thomas Rivera Schatz, to rescind the administrative order approved in 2014 allowing transgender senate employees to use the bathroom and wear clothing consistent with their gender identity.

“I do not condone discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I have spoken out against the revocation of rights of transgender students within the U.S. public-school system by not allowing them to use the bathroom of their choice. The Trump administration has lead the effort to reverse the civil rights progress under President Barack Obama for the LGBTQ community. I ask Senator Rivera Schatz to reconsider his decision in discriminating against the LGBTQ community in Puerto Rico."

 

En español  

Washington, D.C. - El Congresista Darren Soto (FL-09) emitió la siguiente declaración sobre la decisión del Presidente del Senado de Puerto Rico, Thomas Rivera Shatz de enmendar una orden administrativa implementada en el 2014 que le permitía a los empleados públicos transgéneros del Senado usar el baño o la ropa que corresponde de acuerdo a su identidad de género.

“Estoy en contra de todo intento discriminatorio basado en la orientación sexual e identidad de género. Me he opuesto públicamente a la revocación de los derechos de los estudiantes transgéneros en el sistema público de Estados Unidos de usar el baño de su preferencia. La administración Trump ha liderado este esfuerzo de retroceder el progreso que hemos logrado en cuanto a derechos civiles bajo el Presidente Barack Obama a favor de la comunidad LGBTQ. Le urjo al Senador Shatz que reconsidere su decisión de discriminar en contra de la comunidad LGBT en Puerto Rico”.

Congressman Darren Soto represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District, which includes Osceola County, as well as parts of Orange and Polk counties.