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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

Equality and Social Justice

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The 21st century has brought new challenges to American citizens' inalienable civil rights and liberties. We must face these challenges head on, and I will defend the freedoms of all Americans. I will protect the freedom of religion and work hard to improve measures that prevent profiling in law enforcement.

LGBTQ+ Equality

I am a proud member of both the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the Transgender Equality Task Force. I believe that no person should be discriminated based on sexual orientation or gender identity. I will support and advocate for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others (LGBTQ+) community by fighting to end workplace discrimination, youth homelessness, school bullying, and health care disparities.

Though we have made great gains recently, the fight is not over. We must continue to make progress toward equal rights for all. I will advocate to preserve and expand protections to end harmful practices that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community, as well as fight any attempts to roll back these potentially life-saving measures.

Voting Rights

In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While I have the utmost respect for the independence of our judiciary, I firmly believe that we need strong protections like this to safeguard the catalyst of our democracy. Voting is fundamental right and should be an easy and safe process for all eligible Americans.

Modern-day voter suppression occurs when states enact discriminatory voter ID laws and when partisan politicians draw up districts in their favor. I oppose any restrictions on the right to vote and support independent redistricting commissions that ensure all Americans have an equal say in their government.

Women’s Rights

Women are crucial to driving innovation, growth, and prosperity in our country, and I will advocate for women’s rights both nationally and internationally. I support a woman’s right to choose and I will continue to push for accessible and affordable health care for all.

Women are underrepresented in some workplaces, particularly in STEM careers, leadership positions, and Congress. I will fight to change this by supporting more training opportunities for women in male-dominated fields and improved access to STEM education programs for girls.

Employment policies have been unfair to women for too long. There should be equal pay for equal work. I support paid parental leave, access to affordable childcare, and the implementation of comprehensive guidelines for filing equal-pay lawsuits.


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More on Equality and Social Justice

October 31, 2017 In The News

Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna, D-California, joined Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, met student leaders and advocates Oct. 27, to seek new ways to tackle what they contend is the poor handling of reporting sexual assault cases on college campuses nationwide.

Maloney and Khanna are working on a bill to better track sexual assaults on college campuses through a standardized, national survey, and the meeting also discussed Title IX protections for student victims.

October 27, 2017 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) joined student leaders and advocates to seek new ways to tackle the inadequate sexual assault reporting processes currently employed on college campuses nationwide. The members announced a new effort to track sexual assaults on college campuses through a standardized, national survey and discussed ways to combat the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of Title IX protections for student victims. Sexual assault is a pervasive problem all students contend with during their tenure on campus.

October 26, 2017 In The News

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-San Jose) recognized East Bay trans leader Tiffany Woods October 18 at Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino as part of his office's recognition of LGBT History Month. Khanna's 17th Congressional District stretches into southern Alameda County, where Woods works at Tri-City Health Care and is the director of its TransVision program. Woods wrote in an email that she was honored to be chosen by Khanna.

October 5, 2017 In The News

Two US lawmakers are pushing for Congress to classify “stealthing” – the act of secretly removing a condom during sex – as rape.

The practice, which transforms a consensual act into a non-consensual one, puts the partner at risk of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. The phenomenon has gained increasing attention in recent months as growing numbers of women have spoken out about their experiences.

October 5, 2017 In The News

U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) announced on Wednesday that they would push lawmakers to have "stealthing," or nonconsensual condom removal, classified as rape.

October 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) sent a letter requesting the House Judiciary Committee to convene a hearing addressing nonconsensual condom removal, commonly known as “stealthing.”

October 4, 2017 In The News

Two US representatives want nonconsensual condom removal — known as “stealthing” — to be classified as rape and are pushing for a hearing to learn more about the practice and its repercussions.

Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna, from California, and Carolyn Maloney, from New York, sent a letter Wednesday to the House Judiciary Committee asking its members to address the issue.

October 4, 2017 In The News

Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna of California and Carolyn Maloney of New York sent a letter on Wednesday requesting the House judiciary committee convene a hearing addressing nonconsensual condom removal, more commonly known as "stealthing."

The legislators are raising the issue in hope that the public can better understand the scope of this problem and examine any potential legal remedies to it.

October 4, 2017 In The News

It’s called “stealthing,” and it’s been labeled as “rape-adjacent,” but now two lawmakers want it to be classified as rape according to federal law.

Nonconsensual condom removal during sex is the latest expression of some men’s sexual aggression. Then Yale Law student and current civil rights attorney Alexandra Brodsky brought the issue to national attention in April with the publication of her paper, “Rape-adjacent: Imagining legal responses to nonconsensual condom removal.”

October 4, 2017 In The News

Two federal lawmakers say "stealthing" — the act of secretly removing a condom during sex —  is a form of sexual assault that should be addressed by Congress. 

Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., and Ro Khanna, D-Calif., asked leaders of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to hold a hearing on the "emerging" phenomenon, which they called "disgraceful" and "incredibly dangerous" in a joint letter.