DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement marking the start of LGBT Pride Month, which is June:
“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated each year to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York and the progress we’ve seen since then. The Stonewall riots were an important moment for the movement for LGBT equality in our country. The Democratic Party is the party of full equality for all Americans and we stand shoulder to shoulder with the LGBT community in the drive for equal rights.
“We’ve seen remarkable progress under the leadership of President Obama. The President oversaw the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ implemented hospital visitation rights for LGBT couples, and established and developed the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy. His administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court urging them to strike down Proposition 8, and he became the first sitting U.S. President to announce his support for full marriage equality for LGBT Americans. We have a lot to be proud of.
“We also know we have more to do. As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and how far we have come together, let us recommit to the cause of full equality under the law for every American. Let’s make it clear that equality is not an aspiration, it’s a destination we will reach together.”