U.S. Rep. Torres, representing the South Bronx, is an openly gay member of Congress. He is committed to supporting LGBTQ individuals of all ages, including protecting the hard-fought wins that have secured basic rights for LGBTQ individuals and investing more in mental health care. In June, Torres introduced a new resolution condemning the rise in hate crimes and legislation targeting transgender and nonbinary communities. Hear Rep. Torres address the onslaught of laws targeting the LGBTQ community across the country.
“A wise person once said that if you don’t have a seat at the table, then you’re probably going to be on the menu. And when you have LGBTQ people of color in the room where decisions are made, then communities like mine have a fighting chance of securing its fair share of the federal budget.” —U.S. Rep Ritchie Torres