The U.S. Senate is taking on Pride Month in a way that is sure to have the LGBTQ celebrating. U.S Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has put forward a Senate Resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month.
"We must always stand with our LGBTQ friends and neighbors--not just during the month of June, but year round," said Senator Brown. "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."
The Senate Resolution has been met with a favorable response from leaders in the LGBTQ community, many of whom see this measure as a positive step forward during a presidential administration that has appeared indifferent to the issues that affect LGBTQ Americans.
"Every June, we honor the resiliency and progress of the LGBTQ community with festivals, marches, and actions in Ohio and throughout the country," said Alana Jochum, Executive Director of Equality Ohio "This resolution sends a message to the community that the country recognizes the history and struggle of LGBTQ people. We greatly appreciate Senator Brown demonstrating that he stands with LGBTQ people and that they are deserving of full equality."
David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director, added that "Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate the history, progress, diversity, and contributions of the LGBTQ community. And with 50 percent of LGBTQ Americans living in states without state non-discrimination laws, leaving them at risk of being fired, denied housing, or refused service simply because of who they are, it's is also an important time for the community to unite together with our allies and recommit to the progress we have yet to achieve. We thank Senator Brown for his leadership on this resolution that lifts up the importance of Pride Month."
Senator Brown is joined in sponsoring this resolution by U.S Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Al Franken (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH).