Cantwell Statement on Pride Week

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) released the following statement.

“Every June, Washingtonians gather to celebrate Pride and honor the contributions of the LGBTQ community. But this year it is more important than ever to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to ending discrimination and prejudice.

“The violence and hate in Orlando has shaken us, and forced us to confront just how far we still need to go to achieve equality and acceptance for all.  This week we will respond with love and celebrate our progress.  From Stonewall to marriage equality, the LGBTQ community has made tremendous advances in the struggle for equality.”

“In Congress, I am proud to fight for measures that would expand federal nondiscrimination protections. Together, we will continue the march towards full equality. I wish everyone across our state a happy and safe Pride.”

Today, Senator Cantwell called on the State Department and USAID to support programs that address the challenges of the LGBT community around the world. Cantwell was joined by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and 84 Democratic Congressmen.