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McCollum Statement on 2017 LGBT Pride Month

June 23, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement celebrating LGBT Pride Month:

“Each June, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month. We honor the contributions of LGBT Americans, we recognize the activism and energy of LGBT leaders in holding the United States to its highest ideals, and we reflect on our ongoing work to forge a more just and inclusive country.

“We have achieved tremendous progress when it comes to equal rights for LGBT Americans. From our 1993 ban on workplace discrimination to our 2012 vote for marriage equality, Minnesota has led the way. At the federal level, we have secured nationwide marriage equality and finally ended the military’s harmful ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.

“Unfortunately, the journey to full equality is not over. President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are attacking hard-won LGBT rights, appointing anti-LGBT officials to senior roles, and rolling back protections for transgender Americans. Instead of this backwards agenda, Congress should pass the Equality Act, a bill I have co-sponsored that secures full legal equality for LGBT Americans.

“We have come too far to turn back now. In the year ahead, we must all raise our voices to guarantee a fairer, safer, and brighter future for all Americans, including the LGBT community.”