PRIDE Month Begins, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine Celebrates the Contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans

Washington, DC -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine today issued the followingstatementmarking June asPRIDE Month:

“Today, on behalf of Democrats across our nation, the Democratic National Committee pays recognition toPRIDE month – a time to join together in celebrating the contributions that lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender Americans and their families make to our society. We also take this time to reaffirm our commitment to beinga Party of inclusion and one that stands firm in promoting equality for every American.


“As Democrats and Americans, we believe weall are createdequal and we have fought against discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, and attempts to divide us instead of unite us.


“The cause of ending discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans has taken agiant leap forward. With a Democrat in the White House who is committed to equality and justice, we have reached significant milestones. The Obama Administration is the first to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in its first 100 days and it has partnered with the international community at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world.


“The Administration is concentrating on a number of measures to ensure equality for all—such as supporting civil unions, Federal rights for LGBT couples,stronger hate crimes laws, ridding our military of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in a way that both ensures national security and strengthens our Armed forces, banning discrimination in the work place, fighting HIV/AIDS and ensuring adoption rights.


“We as a Party and as a people have come a long way, and we should be proud of what we have accomplished thus far in promoting equal rights for all Americans. But we still have much more to do. As we move ahead with a Democratic Congress and President committed to equality for all Americans, we look forward to a nation where discrimination of any kind isa thing of the past.”