Meng Statement on Pride Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, released the following statement commemorating LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
“June is Pride Month where we celebrate inclusion and equality. During this time, we reaffirm our commitment to LGBTQ+ rights, celebrate the progress that has been achieved, and reflect on the work that must still be done. Pride Month has a history born of activism. What began as a fight for life and liberty resulted in a month-long celebration of authenticity.
Pride Month allows people to bravely embrace their identities that have for too long been marginalized, attacked, and disgraced. Because this marginalization continues today, last month, I introduced the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act (H.R.6721) which seeks to combat coronavirus-related threats and attacks, including those against the LGBTQ+ community. I also strongly supported and voted for provisions in the recent House-passed Heroes Act that would strengthen LGBTQ+ non-discrimination protections, including measures directed toward LGBTQ+ youth.
While the Trump administration has continued its assault on LGBTQ+ individuals in the areas of health care and civil rights, the Supreme Court recently upheld protections for LGBTQ+ workers by ruling that employees cannot be fired for their gender identity or sexual orientation. Everyone has the right to live and love freely – without fear of discrimination or harassment.
As a Vice Chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, I will always be a proud ally to the LGBTQ+ community, and I’m honored to wish a happy Pride Month to all who celebrate.”
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