“In June of 1969, LGBTQ Americans took to the streets outside the Stonewall Inn to fight against brutality and violence, and demand an end to harassment, persecution and hate. Almost 50 years later, LGBTQ individuals across the country and around the world proudly march through the streets to unapologetically celebrate the beauty and vibrancy of their community and the incalculable contributions they have made to our nation.
“During LGBTQ Pride Month, Americans reaffirm the right of all people to life, liberty and the freedom to pursue happiness regardless of who they are or whom they love. Generations of fierce leaders and tireless advocates refused to be silenced or shamed and, through their efforts, shortened the distance between what was inconceivable for some and what was inevitable to us. From expanding hate crimes protections, repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and ensuring marriage equality, we have made great progress to move our nation closer to fulfilling the full promise of our creed – that all are created equal.
“This Pride Month, LGBTQ Americans continue to face an unprecedented assault on this progress from the Trump Administration’s discriminatory agenda and its relentless attacks on the transgender community. These appalling actions dishonor our values and only strengthen our resolve to ensure all Americans are treated with dignity and respect. Democrats will always stand up and speak out against the GOP’s hateful policies, and will continue to fight to pass the Equality Act to remove all doubt that sexual orientation and gender identity warrant civil rights protections in the workplace and in every place. Together, we will continue to celebrate and take pride in our nation’s beautiful diversity as we work to build a brighter future for all Americans.”