Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking LGBT Pride Month:
“The start of June marks the beginning of LBGT Pride Month and the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. I would like to wish all of my friends in the LGBT community a ‘Happy Pride.’ This month, we celebrate the individuals who continue to fight for freedom, fairness, and equal opportunity for all.
“I am proud to be an original cosponsor of H.R.2282, the Equality Act, legislation recently introduced in Congress that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination.
“Although we continue to make momentous strides toward equality, the Trump Administration and many of my Republican colleagues have turned a blind eye towards the needs of the LGBT community in the United States and around the world. While we still face many challenges, I will always be an advocate for equality and justice in the LGBT community. I encourage my colleagues in Congress and all Americans to join me in doing so. This month, I am proud to recognize and celebrate LGBT Pride Month.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.