Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineSparks fly at hearing on anti-conservative bias in tech Live coverage: FBI agent defends anti-Trump texts in tense hearing Congress can protect midterm elections with the Disclose Act MORE (D-R.I.) on Thursday introduced legislation that would require the State Department to prevent foreigners who have committed human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people from entering the U.S.

"The United States and the international community have a responsibility to condemn horrific acts of discrimination and targeted violence against all individuals, including egregious offenses based on sexual orientation and gender identity," said Cicilline, one of eight openly gay members of Congress.

Cicilline said the measure would help ensure protections for the LGBT community.

"The Global Respect Act will protect the rights of the LGBT community across the globe and uphold America’s commitment to defending basic human rights in all corners of the world," Cicilline said.

The advocacy groups Human Rights Campaign, Council for Global Equality and Human Rights First have endorsed the measure.