WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month, celebrated in June of each year.
“Each year, June marks the start of Pride Month, a time to celebrate the freedom to be who we are,” said Senator Rosen. “This month is also an opportunity to reflect on the difficulties that LGBTQ Americans still face, as well as the barriers they have overcome, including the recent Supreme Court victory declaring that in America, it is illegal to discriminate against any individual in the workplace based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. While we celebrate this victory for workers, we must commit ourselves to the continued pursuit of full equality, and that includes passing the Equality Act, a bill that has sat in Senator McConnell’s legislative graveyard for far too long. I will continue working in Congress to ensure that all Nevadans, and all Americans, are treated with respect, dignity, and equality.”
BACKGROUND: Last year, Senator Rosen helped to introduce the Equality Act, legislation that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations, and the use of federal funds.
Additionally, Senator Rosen recently joined Senate colleagues in a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell urging him to bring the Equality Act to the Senate floor for a vote.
Rosen has also joined Senate colleagues in supporting a resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month.
In Congress, Senator Rosen has been a staunch ally of LGBTQ Americans, receiving perfect scores from the Human Rights Campaign each year she has been in office.
In addition to co-sponsoring the Equality Act, in the House, Senator Rosen was an original co-sponsor of legislation to prohibit the advertising and practice of for-profit LGBTQ conversion therapy and a bill placing sanctions on foreign individuals complicit in human rights abuses against members of the LGBTQ community. Rosen was also a co-sponsor of the Do No Harm Act (H.R. 3222), which would ensure that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cannot be used as a shield to allow companies to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.