Lisa Blunt Rochester Statement on LGBT Pride Month
Each June, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and the courage of the millions of people who have fought and continue fighting for LGBT equality. Here in Delaware, the determination of those activists and their allies has made our state a leader in equality for LGBT Americans.
But there is still much to be done. We see discriminatory attacks on the rights of LGBT people daily both across the country and in Congress, and there is a long road ahead of us to ensure that LGBT Americans receive equal treatment under the law.
While Delaware’s State Personnel Director, I fought to ensure that LGBT Delawareans could not be discriminated against due to their sexuality or gender identity while state employees. In Congress, I look forward to cosponsoring the Equality Act to end discrimination in the workplace. In addition, I will work to restore the honor of service members unfairly discharged during Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, create sensible protections for transgender soldiers, fight to safeguard older LGBT Americans, and prevent school bullying among other issues faced by LGBT Americans every day.
All Americans have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – regardless of their sexuality. I encourage everyone to take a moment this month to take stock of all that we have accomplished together and educate yourself on the issues LGBT Americans still face every day.