McCollum Statement on 2018 LGBTQ Pride Month
Each June, we celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. This month is a time to celebrate the progress that the United States has made in LGBTQ equality and to recommit to the work that is still necessary to create a more inclusive society for everyone – regardless of who you are or whom you love.
As we celebrate in Minnesota, we recognize the generations of activism and the decades of contributions made to our state and our nation by our vibrant LGBTQ community. Minnesota has long been a leader in LGBTQ equality, and in 1993 as a member of the Minnesota State House, I was proud to vote to ban workplace discrimination in our state. In 2012, Minnesotans voted to let love win and pass marriage equality, and Minnesotans can be proud that their activism helped pave the way for nationwide marriage equality.
Yet there is still so much work to do, and Pride Month is also a call to redouble our commitment to ending the discrimination that LGBTQ Americans continue to face in all walks of life. As the Trump administration continues to implement a bigoted agenda that rolls back protections for the LGBTQ community, we must stand together and fight back for equality. Together, we will continue to build a nation where all Americans are treated with dignity and everyone can take pride in their future.