Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla (both D-Calif), along with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus, introduced a resolution on June 8 recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month.
The resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality. The resolution also recognizes how the coronavirus pandemic compounds the systemic inequality that LGBTQ people face in healthcare, employment and housing systems in the United States, leading to a disparate impact on the community.
“Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate the progress made in the fight for justice, equality and inclusion,” Feinstein said. “At the same time we must recommit ourselves to combating hatred and bigotry in all its forms.
Senate Democrats introduced the first Senate Pride Month Resolution in 2017. In 2019, Senate Democrats reintroduced the Equality Act, legislation to ensure civil rights laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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