Senate Moves To Officially Recognize June As 'Pride Month'

The resolution was introduced on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

In the final days of Pride Month this year, senators introduced a resolution Wednesday that would officially recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month in the U.S. While the month is commonly noted as such both across the country and around the world, this the first resolution of its kind ever proposed in the Senate. 

Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio introduced the idea on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, commonly seen to be the beginning of the fight for LGBTQ rights in the U.S. The resolution now has twenty-three co-sponsors. 

"America is right to be proud of the progress we have made to pass on to the next generation a country that is more equal, not less equal," Brown said in a press release. "We have more work to do and I believe America is ready to take the next steps forward."

The resolution details the some of the discrimination historically leveled against the LGBTQ community and recognizes the persecution the community continues to face in countries around the world. It notes that despite this discrimination, "LGBTQ people in the United States continue to celebrate their identities, love, and contributions to the United States in various expressions of Pride,"  and acknowledges that "LGBTQ people in the United States remain determined to pursue equality, respect, and inclusion for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

"We must always stand with our LGBTQ friends and neighbors – not just during the month of June, but year round," Brown said. "This resolution sends a message to the community that the country recognizes the history and struggle of LGBTQ people."

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