DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, DNC Secretary Jason Rae, and LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes issued the following joint statement marking the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall uprising:
Fifty-three years ago, queer and trans people, led by trans and lesbian women of color, took to the streets to protest years of oppression and injustice against the LGBTQ community. One year later, Pride was born and a long tradition of activism and fearless self-expression began.
Since then, LGBTQ advocates and organizers have fought hard for the equality and fundamental freedoms they deserve and Democrats stand proudly alongside in support. This Pride Month, President Biden once again took executive action to expand protections for vulnerable LGBTQ Americans and stand up for queer and trans kids against Republican attacks.
Democrats know that we need more inclusion and more acceptance — not less. In light of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and call other fundamental freedoms into question, it is more important than ever to stand up and organize for our rights.
We will continue fighting alongside the LGBTQ movement to ensure that everyone can proudly be who they are and love who they love.