Senator Boxer: Celebrating LGBT Pride Month
Monday, June 13, 2011
During the month of June, across America and around the world, we celebrate the history, community, and identity of LGBT Americans. Pride Month is also a time to reflect on the progress we have made and the challenges we still face in achieving full equality for all Americans.
Last year Congress made history by enacting legislation repealing the infamous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which had banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military. Approval of the repeal legislation was an overwhelming vote for equality, civil rights, and a stronger America – and it was long overdue.
The Obama Administration also made progress by, among other things, expanding federal benefits for same-sex partners, barring discrimination in federal hiring and contracting, developing the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and requiring all hospitals receiving federal funds to allow visitation rights and medical decision-making rights for LGBT patients.
We have come a long way in the march to full equality, but the journey is far from over. We cannot rest until we end all discrimination in marriage and employment.
Our nation was founded on the principle that all people are created equal and deserve the same rights and opportunities. As we celebrate Pride Month, let us rededicate ourselves to realizing this ideal.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer