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This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart, as my sister and brother are both proud members of the LGBTQ+ community. I remember the elation I felt when marriage equality was passed in Washington state, because my family members finally received the rights to be with those they love. I was also very happy that the state legislature finally banned conversion therapy in Washington this past session.

Despite the advancements made in recent years in protecting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, we have seen a surge in hate crimes against them. I would like to further expand the protections given to LGBTQ+ individuals in this state, in addition the requiring tougher penalties for those who discriminate against them in the workplace.