Today, Harlem Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of June as Pride Month:
“Each year, during the month of June, we recognize Pride Month and celebrate the resilience and bravery of our LGBTQIA+ communities around the country and commemorate the progress we’ve made as a nation towards our greatest ideal — equality for all,” said Rep. Espaillat. “Five decades ago, beginning in the streets of New York City, proud activists outside the Stonewall Inn stood up against the persecution of their community and demanded that their lives, their rights, and their dignity be protected; and they changed the world.
“The road from Stonewall has been long, and tragically, remnants of hate and bigotry still exist throughout the country today. We owe it to our LGBTQIA+ friends, family, and neighbors to continue building on the decade-spanning and hard-won progress we’ve made thus far. I was proud to stand with my House colleagues to pass the groundbreaking Equality Act to ensure that LGBTQIA+ Americans are protected against discrimination under the Civil Rights Act — for good – and I implore my Senate colleagues to finally do the same.”
Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the north-west Bronx. First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities. He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip. Representative Espaillat also currently serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.