Congressman Al Green Commemorates LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Jun 27, 2020

(Houston, TX) – On Saturday, June 27, 2020, Congressman Al Green released the following statement in commemoration of the month of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month:

“Pride Month is a time to commemorate and celebrate the lives of people who have been invidiously discriminated against, who have lost jobs, who have been denied access to housing, who have been physically harmed simply because of who they are,” Congressman Al Green stated.  “LGBTQ+ Pride Month finds its roots in the 1969 Stonewall Riots, when the New York City Police raided a gay club, prompting protests that targeted surveillance and violence. The protestors’ willful and fiery determination served as motivation for the gay rights movement around the world.”

Congressman Green continued, “Pride joyfully celebrates harmony, unity, and inclusion. As an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, I am proud to celebrate these steadfast ideals by standing in solidarity with Houston’s LGBTQ+ community and other allies for the virtual Pride and Equality Rally.”

“Since 2013, I have consistently led the original congressional Pride Month resolution, recognizing the contributions of LGBTQ+ persons and allies to the betterment of our nation and our world. This resolution not only acknowledges groundbreaking legislative achievements but also honorable accomplishments by individuals who have torn down barriers for generations to come in all facets of American life.”

“While the resolution celebrates those who have valiantly broken glass ceilings – such as Congressman Barney Frank who was the first Representative who voluntarily came out as an openly gay Member of Congress, it also honors forgotten victims of brutal discrimination. This includes transgender people of color like Tony McDade, Dominique Fells, and Riah Milton, whose recent deaths are a sobering reminder that Black trans lives are often taken violently and far too soon.”

Green concluded by saying, “From Stonewall 51 years ago – when the LGBTQ+ community could be jailed for associating together in bars – to Bostock v. Clayton County earlier this month – where the Supreme Court has ruled you cannot be fired on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, America has come a long way but we still have far to go. Together, we must ensure full inclusion for LGBTQ+ persons does not take another 51 years or even 51 weeks. Now is the time to complete the march toward full equality for all persons regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. So today, I call upon the Senate to take up and pass the Equality Act – H.R. 5 – without further delay.”