Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement today in recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month:
“During LGBT Pride Month, we reflect upon the hard won victories for equality nationwide and rededicate ourselves to the principle that discrimination has no place in America. During my time as Majority Leader, I have worked on legislation with the LGBT community, such as repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and securing passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
“And last year the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to ensure that LGBT Americans can live their lives openly without the fear of being fired from their job for who they are. If House Republicans brought ENDA to a vote on the House floor it would pass overwhelmingly, so I hope they will soon allow a vote on this important civil rights bill.
“We still have much work to do – with an emphasis on ensuring marriage equality. The United States is made stronger by its rich diversity. I remain committed to ensuring that all Americans are treated equally and with dignity regardless of their gender identity or who they choose to love.”