Quigley Statement on Pride Month 2020
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which is observed every June in the United States:
“During Pride Month we honor the trans individuals, people of color, and all those who have led the LGBTQ+ movement closer to equality. Their willingness to challenge the status quo, make Americans uncomfortable, and engage in widespread protest is the reason so much progress has been made. They are the reason the AIDS crisis was addressed, LGBTQ+ Americans are able to openly serve in elected office, ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ came to an end, and the reason we have marriage equality today.
“Amidst this progress, we also recognize that this fight is not over. Trans women of color are murdered at a disproportionately high rate and LGBTQ+ people of color are too often targeted for violence. As Pride Month begins, black Americans around the country are today protesting for equality, reminding us of the need for intersectionality in every social movement.
“I proudly stand with LGBTQ+ Americans and I will do everything in my power to prevent President Trump and his administration from clawing back the community’s hard-won victories. I will not rest until everyone – regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender identity – is met with true equality.”