PDA Celebrates Pride Month
Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team
Much Accomplished—Much Still To Do
As Pride Month 2021 begins, we celebrate the waning of the pandemic, allowing for resumption of in-person celebrations, and a new administration that is not hostile to LGBTQ+ rights. In his proclamation of June 2021 as Pride Month, President Biden argues for both hope and determination to continue progress on LGBTQ+ rights:
…I will not rest until full equality for LGBTQ+ Americans is finally achieved and codified into law….During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically. In doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable America. This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people, and dedicate ourselves to protecting the most vulnerable among us.
Still, the Equality Act passed the House in February with all Democrats and just 3 Republican votes, and remains stuck in the U.S. Senate. The Supreme Court is set to rule on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, delineating the border between LGBTQ+ rights and religious freedom to discriminate against LGBTQ+ foster parents. Republican-led states are busily passing anti-trans laws, and violence—especially toward LGBTQ+ youth and trans women of color—is on the rise.
PDA works to pass the Equality Act, supports progressive LGBTQ+ and allied candidates, and actively opposes restrictions of LGBTQ+ rights at any level of government. Watch your in-box for upcoming Action Alerts and Rapid Response opportunities. We need volunteers and donations to continue and expand our efforts, and we are counting on you.
Thanks so much for anything you can do to help us make a more progressive world for all.