Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined 46 Senate Democrats in introducing a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans, and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals. The resolution comes as President Trump, once again, failed to proclaim June as Pride Month.
“Pride Month is a time to celebrate the immense progress that has been made while recommitting ourselves to the work that remains unfinished,” said Bennet. “We will continue the fight against discrimination and work to create equal opportunity for all members of the LGBTQ community.”
The resolution was led by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and co-sponsored by 46 Senate Democrats, including U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tom Carper (D-DE), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bob Casey (D- PA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Angus King (I-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Gary Peters (D-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Doug Jones (D-AL), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV).
In March, Bennet introduced the bipartisan Equality Act with his Senate colleagues, legislation to expand civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would unequivocally ban discrimination in a host of areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, access to credit, federal funding assistance, and education. Bennet is also the author of the Inclusive Aging Act, legislation to invest in health care and resources for LGBTQ seniors.
Full text of the resolution is available HERE.