The story of America’s journey to becoming a “more perfect union” will always be written by those who know that this country has a place for them, too. The authors of our nation’s progress are the protesters, the marchers. They are those who demand that “equality and justice for all” are more than words we say, but instead values we live every day.
In living their lives authentically, LGBTQ+ Americans are not only becoming whole themselves, but also making the fabric of our nation whole, too.
Activists like Henry Gerber, Del Martin, and Phyllis Ann Lyon founded some of the first LGBTQ+ rights organizations. Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé Delarverie galvanized a movement in their resistance at Stonewall. Organizations like ACT UP demanded and ultimately paved the way for treatment. And advocates successfully pushed for an end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and brought marriage equality to our country.
But their work remains unfinished. Just this week the Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether it’s legal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Their work is now our work to propel our national story forward.
Today in America, LGBTQ+ people face a lot of unknowns: Whether they can be who they are and keep their job. Or hold the hand of the person they love in public. And even if they can raise a family. Today, far too many wonder: Will I ever be accepted?
Pete’s policy aims to make these unknowns fade away. Not only will he sign the Equality Act into law, but he’ll use comprehensive strategies to end hate-based violence against LGBTQ+ people, especially Black transgender women. His policy will also put us on a path to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic — which disproportionately affects communities of color — by 2030. And Pete’s plan will protect LGBTQ+ youth from bullying at school, ensuring they learn in safe, supportive, and inclusive environments.
The LGBTQ+ community is filled with countless brave stories. Pete’s plan is inspired by those from members of our team. Whether from our past or in our present, these stories give us the courage not only to keep pushing for inclusion, but to strive for solutions big enough to meet the challenges LGBTQ+ people face. Thank you for reading.