On the Issues
LGBTQ+ Rights & Equality Under the Law
Ritchie is committed to supporting LGBTQ+ individuals from their youth through aging. At the City Council, Ritchie fought for more resources for LGBTQ+ homeless youth and secured funding for the first LGBTQ+ senior center in the Bronx. However, the work is nowhere near complete, and Ritchie plans to continue this fight in Congress, including protecting the hard-fought wins that have secured basic rights for LGBTQ+ individuals and investing more in mental health care.
I want to see to it that LGBTQ communities of color get their fair share of resources from the federal government, that we create housing and provide services that specifically are tailored toward the needs of LGBTQ elders and LGBTQ youth. 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 federal budget.
Pass the Equality Act
I feel like as a public servant, a public figure, I have an obligation to break the silence and the stigma and the shame that too often surrounds mental illness. It has been a form of coming out. I think my own acknowledgment of struggling with depression flows naturally from the experience of coming out. The process of coming out, the integrity that it demands from you, has taught me how to be more open and honest about my struggle with depression. It teaches you an ethic of radical authenticity.
Reverse Trump’s Discriminatory Policies
Access to Mental Health Care