Women's & LGBTQ Equality

As one of the first Latina women to represent Texas in Congress, Representative Sylvia R. Garcia is committed to fighting for equality for everyone - no matter their race, sexuality, immigration status, or gender identity. She has fought for the Equal Rights Amendment since she was a student, is a champion for reproductive justice, and will continue the fight to secure the rights for our most marginalized communities. In Congress, she has worked to make sure that women, immigrants, the LGBT community, and the trans community have strong voices in D.C. and at home.

  • Passed a resolution out of the Judiciary Committee to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which subsequently passed in the House of Representatives in February 2020.
  • Voted in favor of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and introduced the VAWA Protections for Rural Women Act in February 2019 alongside Representatives Vincente Gonzalez, Hollingsworth, Wagner and Axne to protect victims of domestic violence from homelessness regardless of where they live.
  • Cosponsored the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, the EACH Woman Act to ensure abortion care through health insurance, the Global HER Act to permanently end the gag-rule on health care providers who offer abortion services, and other key legislation to protect women at work, at home, and abroad.
  • The Congresswoman is a member of the Equality Caucus, the Pro-Choice Caucus, and the Taskforce Against Sexual Violence.

Congresswoman Garcia has worked diligently to ensure that the law protects every person. She will be persistent in her work to defend reproductive freedom and access to safe, legal abortion services.

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November 23, 2021 Press Release

Child Tax Credit Tax Cuts are Helping Hardworking Families afford Gas, Groceries in Time for the Holiday

November 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the 2021 anniversary of National Intersex Awareness Day, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) introduced H.R. 5730 the Protect Intersex Children Act (PICA) to protect the dignity and bodily autonomy of children born with variations in sex characteristics. The bill would prohibit medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children in the foster care system.

October 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) issued a statement on the United States Supreme Court's refusal to block the Texas abortion ban currently affecting millions of women in Texas and limiting their freedom to decide over their bodies: 

September 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) issued a statement on the passing of women's rights champion and legendary former state legislator, Frances “Sissy” Forenthold:

September 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s refusal to block Texas SB8: