National, state Democratic leaders speak out on LGBT Pride

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the North Carolina Democratic Party recognize LGBT PRIDE Month

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement recognizing LGBT Pride Month:

“This June, I join together with LGBT Americans across this country in recognizing PRIDE Month. That means celebrating the enormous strides that LGBT Americans have taken toward equality, but it also means rededicating ourselves to guaranteeing that all Americans — no matter their sexual orientation — are looked upon as fully equal in the eyes of the law.

“Thanks to the hard work of President Obama and LGBT activists across the country, we are now closer than ever to that goal. The outdated and discriminatory policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has been repealed. The President has directed the Department of Justice to stop defending DOMA in court and declared it unconstitutional. The hate crimes prevention law has been expanded and we now have our nation’s first comprehensive HIV/AIDS strategy. The President continues to work to dispel the myth that bullying, particularly of LGBT students, is a harmless part of growing up and works each day to better the lives of LGBT Americans in every facet of American life. On the international stage, President Obama has shown global leadership in condemning anti-LGBT violence at the United Nations and took the opportunity at the National Prayer Breakfast to speak out against the ‘odious’ anti-gay legislation pending in Uganda.

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“Forty-two years ago this month, LGBT Americans’ struggled for equal rights entered into the American consciousness when individuals at the Stonewall Inn decided to take a stand. In the four decades since, Americans across this country have kept up the fight for equality. This PRIDE Month, we recommit to this struggle for equality as we strive to finally make injustice and inequality things of the past.”

 

North Carolina Democratic Party

North Carolina Democratic Party Chair David Parker released this statement for LGBT Pride Month:

“We have seen progress in our lifetime.

“When we have been honest and compassionate, we have participated in the difficult work of that progress. It is only when we have been afraid, when we have stood aside or turned away that we have found ourselves on the wrong side of the great battles for human rights in America.

“Total equality is the ultimate goal. Through many thousand acts of personal and collective courage in the struggle for LGBT rights, be it a single teenager coming out to his family or a City Council passing a non-discrimination hiring clause, we move ever closer to that goal.

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“The Democratic Party acts upon the belief that history moves toward inclusion and understanding. While politics is an exercise in patience and persuasion, we will do everything in our power to remember that equality isn’t an abstract concept; it is a daily battle for dignity and access. When that daily battle is your life, patience with the process is not always easy.

“But while progress may be slow, it isn’t silent. That LGBT Pride Month is being celebrated so widely is an indication that fear is subsiding across the community. The North Carolina Democratic Party joins President Obama and Democrats across America in celebrating unity, equality, and the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people everywhere.

“The contributions of LGBT citizens to this state are unquestionable. Likewise, no one should have any doubts about the North Carolina Democratic Party’s unwavering support for equality.” : :

qnotes reached out to the North Carolina Republican Party for a similar statement.

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