LGBTQ community leaders present 'equality agenda' at Wisconsin State Capitol

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin lawmakers and leaders from the LGBTQ community met with reporters at the state Capitol Wednesday, June 16.

They presented what they're calling their "equality agenda," introduced in honor of Pride Month.

It's a package of bills and resolutions designed to promote equality, acceptance and safety for LGBTQ Wisconsinites, and they say a lot of the measures already have support from both Democrats and Republicans.

The agenda includes bills that ban conversion therapy, bills to make the language of state documents gender neutral and recognize marriage equality. One measure would create a task force to ensure equality specifically for transgender people.

"Our country's come a long way in accepting people for who they are and it's been a long and arduous journey for the LGBTQ community," said State Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee). "And it's our responsibility now, my responsibility and all of our responsibilities, to stand up for transgender kids."

All of these proposals are at various stages of consideration by the state Legislature.

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