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LGBT Equality Caucus comes back strong, nearly doubling membership

The LGBT Equality Caucus has nearly doubled its membership from last year, the group announced this week.

The congressional caucus is dedicated to LGBTQ issues and had seen its numbers dip after switching to a $400 annual dues-based membership last year.

The LGBT Equality Caucus starts the 115th Congress with 102 members, compared to just 53 last year. Dues-based congressional caucuses are not unusual. As the Washington Blade notes, the Congressional Progressive Caucus also has a dues requirement for members.

The caucus is co-chaired by the six openly LGBTQ members of Congress.

The Democratoc members are Reps. Jared Polis, David Cicilline, Sean Patrick Maloney, Mark Pocan, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Takano. There are also two Republican members of the caucus: Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo, both of whom are from Florida.

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