Las Vegas, NV – 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 recognize the tireless dedication, tenacity, activism and courage of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. These advocates have stood up to demand equal justice under the law and played a significant role in shaping a more just nation. This month, we celebrate their legacy and accomplishments by reaffirming our unwavering commitment to equality for all.
“Tremendous progress has been made. Less than a year ago, the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history when it required every state in our great union to recognize the marriages of all same sex couples, guaranteeing that their marriage will no longer be held to a lesser standard. And I have been honored to support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, to vote for the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Ryan White CARE Act, and to cosponsor the Equality Act in the Senate.
“Barriers to equality continue to be torn down, but far too many Americans still encounter discrimination and unfair treatment under the law. In a single day, a person can be fired from their job, prevented from using a restroom, denied credit, excluded from a jury and evicted from their home for simply being honest about who they are and who they love. And sadly, Republicans continue to push even more discriminatory policies in states across the country.
“While we reflect on the tremendous gains made by the LGBT community, we must also rededicate ourselves to ending all forms of discrimination. I will continue fighting alongside the LGBT community to ensure they have access to the same rights as everyone else.”