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Murphy Meets with Cast of Netflix’s Queer Eye to Discuss Issues Affecting the LGBTQ+ Community, Promote Youth Civic Engagement

QE cast shared their thoughts on gun violence prevention efforts and legislation that would extend basic rights to the LGBTQ+ community

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Washington, April 5, 2019 | comments

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WASHINGTON— U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., met with the cast of Netflix’s Queer Eye in the U.S. Capitol to discuss issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and promote youth civic engagement. In a video recorded by Congresswoman Murphy and the show’s stars—Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness—the group noted how crucial young voices are to driving change in the democratic process. The meeting also included a discussion on gun violence prevention efforts, particularly in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., and the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., and ways in which public figures and elected officials can come together to address the rise of suicides and other mental health challenges experienced by young people. Murphy is the author of a bipartisan measure passed into law that removed a prohibition on federally-sponsored gun violence research, and is working to provide additional resources for those in need of mental health services. The cast members were visiting the U.S. Capitol to meet with Members of Congress to push for passage of the Equality Act, legislation cosponsored by Murphy that would extend basic rights to the LGBT+ community and provide protections from discrimination in housing, employment, education, and more.

The cast also sent a short video message to Congresswoman Murphy’s intern Seth Owen. Seth was recently featured in an article by the Orlando Sentinel that retold the story of how he was kicked out of his home by his parents after they found out he was gay, leaving him without money to attend Georgetown University. Following an outpouring of community support, Seth is now thriving as a Georgetown student and as an intern for Murphy, recently announcing that he would launch a nonprofit to help other kids in similar situations attend college. Read the story here. To watch their message, click here.


A transcript of the Murphy-Queer Eye cast video can be found below. To watch the video, click here. High-quality photos can be found here.

STEPHANIE MURPHY: Hi I’m Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, Chair of Future Forum, and I’m here with the Fab Five, or four of five.

[ALL LAUGH]

JONATHAN: Future Forum is doing that good work reaching out to youth voters. Honey we’ve got to make a difference.

BOBBY: Nothing’s going to change without you getting out there to vote.

TAN: Just make sure you support these causes [that] are incredibly important, please do support them.

ANTONI: Think about the things you’re passionate about, the things that need change, and reach out to your reps. I stuttered a little bit on that but I got it out.

[ALL LAUGH]

TAN: One of us usually does.

BOBBY: Alright everybody, get out there and vote.

ALL: Bye!

 

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