Kamala Harris Becomes First Sitting Vice President to March in a Pride Event
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Vice President Kamala Harris made history again by becoming the first serving Vice President to march at a Pride event.
Harris took part in a march with second gentleman Doug Emhoff during Capital Pride in Washington, DC on Saturday Pride! "
She spoke briefly at the event, advocating the passage of the Equal Opportunities Act, while expressing her and President Joe Biden's commitment to promoting LGBTQ rights. "We need to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are all protected. We still need protection around employment and housing," Harris said, according to NBC Washington. "There is still so much to do and I know we are committed."
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The vice president also celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting on Twitter, paying tribute to the 49 people killed at the Orlando gay club on June 12, 2016.
"Five years ago, 49 LGBTQ + people and allies enjoyed a night out at Pulse Nightclub," she wrote. “And then instantly they were gone. Today we remember the deceased and their relatives - and we commit ourselves again to building a world without armed violence. "
Harris' mail came as President Biden made his own statement announcing that he would sign law to designate the nightclub as a national monument that recently passed the House and Senate. He also advocated stricter gun control and the passage of the Equal Opportunities Act, admitting that the LGBTQ community is disproportionately affected by gun violence, especially by transgender women.
"In memory of all those who were lost at Pulse nightclub five years ago, let us continue our work to be a nation at our best - a nation that recognizes and protects the dignity and safety of every American," said Biden in his statement.
The Biden / Harris administration has made LGBTQ issues a priority, restoring transgender health and lifting Donald Trump's ban on transgender military personnel. One of the first orders from Biden called for an end to discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
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"Children should be able to learn without having to worry about whether they will be denied access to the toilet, changing room or school sport," says the order. “Adults should be able to make a living and pursue a calling knowing that they will not be fired, demoted or mistreated for who they are going home for, or because their clothes do not conform to gender stereotypes to get a roof over one's head without being discriminated against in terms of gender. "
This year's Pride Month comes at an uncertain time for the LGBTQ community. In March, 192 anti-LGBTQ laws were scrutinized in state legislatures across the country, according to HRC. Of these, 93 target transgender people directly.
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