Pelosi Takes Victory Lap On Her LGBTQ Rights Legacy

Speaker Nancy Pelosi writes for the Washington Post:

In my first speech on the House floor, I declared that “we must take leadership of course in the crisis of AIDS.” During my first speakership, we erased the egregious “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy from the books — ensuring gay and lesbian Americans can openly serve their country.

We advanced justice for the millions at risk of violence simply for who they are or whom they love with our Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. And we dramatically increased funding to fight HIV/AIDS — here at home and around the globe.

Since Democrats retook the House majority four years ago, we have twice passed the watershed Equality Act, which would secure full civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity — in the workplace and in every place. And now, we celebrate the Respect for Marriage Act.

To our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors: We see you, we stand with you and we will never rest until you can enjoy the respect, dignity and safety you deserve.

Read the full article. Thank you, Speaker Pelosi! The tweet below includes a gift link to read her essay for free.