Make it Official: Senators Aim to Recognize LGBT Pride Month

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis).

Trump wouldn’t recognize pride month, but that won’t stop members of the Senate.

Senators introduced their first ever resolution to recognize June as “LGBTQ Pride Month.”

In a release on Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis)’s website, the resolution “notes major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBT Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBT individuals.” Baldwin is the first openly gay politician to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

“America is right to be proud of the progress we have made to pass on to the next generation a country that is more equal, not less equal. Every June, communities across America celebrate Pride Month and this resolution recognizes the march towards full equality in our country.”

The senators introduced the resolution on June 28 — the 28th anniversary of the beginning of the Stonewall riots.

Baldwin added: “We have more work to do and I believe America is ready to take the next steps forward. Together, let’s continue to break down barriers so that every American has an equal opportunity to dream the same dreams, chase the same ambitions, and have the same shot at success.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) also released a statement on the resolution.

“We must always stand with our LGBTQ friends and neighbors – not just during the month of June, but year round,” he wrote. “I hope all Ohioans will join me in celebrating the accomplishments and courage of the LGBTQ community, and commit themselves to continuing the fight for equality for all.”

In addition to Baldwin and Brown, the following senators who support the resolution are listed below, courtesy of Baldwin’s release:

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.).

No Republicans signed onto the resolution.

In June Baldwin also introduced a resolution to designate June 26 as “LGBT Equality Day” to honor “the anniversary of three significant victories won at the U.S. Supreme Court for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.”

“America should celebrate the progress we have made to pass on to the next generation a country that is more equal, not less equal. But we cannot mistake our progress for victory,” she said. “We have more work to do in the march for fairness, freedom and full equality for the LGBT community. I believe America is ready to take the next steps forward and together we will break down barriers so that every American has an equal opportunity to dream the same dreams, chase the same ambitions, and have the same shot at success.”

This resolution comes after President Donald Trump broke former President Barack Obama’s eight-year tradition of recognizing June as LGBT pride month. Trump did, however, proclaim June as “National Homeownership Month,” “Great Outdoors Month” and “National Ocean Month,” among others.


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