Haaland Celebrates Equality Caucus Membership with Special Albuquerque Guest

January 30, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) celebrated her new membership on the Equality Caucus with special guest Bunnie Benton Cruse, Chair of the New Mexico Transgender Resource Center Board of Directors and advocate from Albuquerque. Bunnie Benton Cruse is known for her many appearances at events to support the LGBTQ+ community in Albuquerque.

“With the devastating decision to continue banning transgender members of the military last week, having Bunnie here to celebrate my joining the Equality Caucus means even more to New Mexico,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland. “Though I had initially invited her as my guest to the State of the Union, we’re making sure she is able to see all the nation’s capital has to offer and meeting with equality advocates.”

The Equality Caucus serves as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues at the federal level. The Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well-being for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

“I am more than excited to join Congresswoman Haaland at her office in D.C., especially knowing that she will be fighting for the LGBTQ+ community on the Equality Caucus,” said Bunnie Benton Cruse. “New Mexico is home to a vibrant trans community that deserves to have a champion in Congress, and much of the work I do is to ensure our community has advocates fighting for equality.”

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled to allow the administration’s order to bar transgender people from serving in the military to continue. Congresswoman Haaland made a powerful statement by posting the transgender flag outside her office.

“Congresswoman Haaland has long been a champion of the LGBTQ+ community in New Mexico--she has always sought ways to create opportunity for our community. We look forward to working with her and the rest of the members of the Congressional Equality Caucus to support good public policy that will improve the lives of queer people across this country." says Adrian N. Carver, Executive Director of Equality New Mexico.

PHOTO: After a meeting to discuss New Mexico’s vibrant transgender community and ways to promote equality, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Chair of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico Bunnie Benton Cruse take photo in front of the transgender flag outside the Congresswoman’s office.