Congressman Al Green's Statement on LGBTQ Month

Jun 28, 2017

Congressman Al Green’s Statement on LGBTQ Pride Month

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Al Green (D-TX) released this statement today in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month:

“June is a special month in LGBTQ history. I believe LGBTQ Pride Month recognizes the richness of LGBTQ history, as well as emphasizes the goals yet to be realized. LGBTQ Americans have struggled to build a more just society for all.

“Let us not forget that two years ago, the Supreme Court affirmed that equal justice under the law included marriage equality for LGBTQ Americans. With this historic decision for equality, our nation moved closer to fulfilling the noble promise of our ideals. No person should be denied their rights because of who they are or whom they love.

“I want to personally acknowledge the accomplishments of Annise Parker, the first openly gay Mayor of Houston, Texas; Bayard Rustin, an openly gay African American man who organized the March on Washington; former Congressman Barney Frank, the first openly gay Member of the U.S. House of Representatives; Sylvia Rivera, a transgender woman of color and one of the leaders in the Stonewall Uprising; Phyllis Frye, the first openly transgender judge in Texas; and LGBTQ icon Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California.

“We have achieved many successes, but the journey is far from over. LGBTQ Americans continue to face assaults on their rights. These assaults include gutting HIV prevention and treatment initiatives, dismantling protections for transgender children in public schools, and conspiring to render LGBTQ Americans invisible in the census. 

“This Pride Month, let us remember the lives that were lost and commit ourselves to continuing the fight for justice and equality. No American should ever be treated less than equal because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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