DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes issued the following joint statement marking the start of Pride month:
Today marks the start of Pride month. This month, we celebrate love, self-expression, and the freedom to be one’s authentic self. The LGBTQ+ movement is full of remarkable, everyday people who had the courage to assert their freedom. From the first brick at Stonewall to marriage equality, the DNC honors the tremendous progress made to expand LGBTQ+ rights and joins in solidarity as we continue to fight for complete equality.
This month, we also reaffirm the work ahead. We cannot allow this hard-won progress for the LGBTQ+ community to be undone. Republican attacks on LGBTQ+ people — especially on queer and transgender children — are unacceptable. Democrats across the country have and will continue to push back against the onslaught of homophobic and transphobic attacks we’ve seen in state legislatures.
We are proud of the work the Biden-Harris administration has done thus far: from issuing one of the most comprehensive executive orders in the history of LGBTQ+ rights, to providing Americans with a gender neutral passport marker, to prioritizing the needs of queer and trans foster kids, and fighting for safety and justice for missing and murdered trans BIPOC people.
Inclusion can and must be the law of the land. That’s why, as Democrats, we firmly support the Equality Act. It is long past time to codify equal protection on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation into law. This Pride month, we recommit to building a country where all Americans can be their true selves — no matter who they love or how they identify.