Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

CA officials mark LGBT Pride Month

Governor Jerry Brown

Governor Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown is among the California officials who issued a proclamation Friday (June 2) recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month.

Brown said that at New York’s June 1969 Stonewall Riots, a milestone in the gay civil rights movement, “LGBT citizens rose up and resisted police harassment that arose out of discriminatory criminal laws that have since been declared unconstitutional.”

Since then, Brown stated, “Civil rights for LGBT people have grown substantially,” and “California has been a leader in advancing the civil rights of its LGBT citizens. And while further progress is needed, it is important to recognize and celebrate the substantial gains that have been achieved.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), vice chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, also issued a Pride statement, recalled the “tremendous strides” made in recent years and noted that this year marks the second year that same-sex marriage is legal across the country.

However, Lee said, “We must also recognize that our struggle is far from over.”

She called in “unconscionable” that “Americans can be fired from their jobs for being gay or evicted from their apartments for being transgender. And it is simply appalling that only 28 states have protections based on sexual orientation.”

The administration of President Donald Trump, who’s loaded his cabinet with anti-LGBT officials, “has made it clear that they will not combat discrimination, bullying and violence against LGBT persons. Instead, Republican leaders have doubled down on their hateful policies by selecting anti-LGBT appointees and refusing to protect transgender students,” said Lee.

She pointed to the June 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre, in which 49 people were fatally shot and 53 others were wounded at a gay Florida nightclub; the torture and killings of gay men in Chechnya; and the murders of transgender people in the U.S. as examples of “the costs of hate and discrimination towards the LGBT community.”

“Now more than ever, members of the LGBT community and their allies must unite, resist and continue the fight for full equality in the United States,” said Lee. “As we celebrate Pride Month, we must recommit ourselves to the work that lies ahead and hold in our hearts the moral obligation we have to defend civil and human rights for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”

Former President Barack Obama regularly issued Pride proclamations when he was in office, but Trump hasn’t yet issued such a statement.

Even though Trump hasn’t issued a statement honoring LGBT Pride Month, the U.S. Navy has.

“To remain the finest seagoing fighting force, the Navy needs men and women who are the right fit for the right job regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed or gender identity,” stated Captain Candace Eckert, the Navy’s special assistant for inclusion and diversity. “Our goal is to ensure that the mission is carried out by the most qualified and capable sailors. If an individual can meet the Navy’s standards, they should be afforded the opportunity to be part of the One Navy Team.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 2, 2017 @ 11:48 am PST
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