LGBT Weekly: US Senator Tammy Baldwin sponsors Senate’s first ever resolution recognizing June as Pride Month
by Steve Lee
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and several of their colleagues in introducing the first-ever Senate Resolution recognizing June as “LGBTQ Pride Month”. The resolution notes major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBT Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBT individuals. Today, June 28, marks the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
“America is right to be proud of the progress we have made to pass on to the next generation a country that is more equal, not less equal. Every June, communities across America celebrate Pride Month and this resolution recognizes the march towards full equality in our country,” said Senator Baldwin. “We have more work to do and I believe America is ready to take the next steps forward. Together, let’s continue to break down barriers so that every American has an equal opportunity to dream the same dreams, chase the same ambitions, and have the same shot at success.”
“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.”
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Coons (D-DE), Ed Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) are also sponsoring the legislation.
Senator Baldwin is a sponsor of the Equality Act, comprehensive federal legislation to expand civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This week, she also introduced a resolution marking June 26 as “LGBT Equality Day,” honoring the anniversary of three significant victories won at the U.S. Supreme Court for LGBT Americans.