In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes, DNC Treasurer William Derrough, and DNC Secretary Jason Rae released the following statement:
“Today, we celebrate the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. We honor the courage and diversity of the activists at Stonewall. We remember heroes like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson – two trans women of color – whose bravery changed our country for the better. And we recognize all who have followed in their footsteps to fight for the dignity and equality every human being deserves.
“50 years after Stonewall, that fight continues. There is no doubt that we’ve made progress. From Lawrence, Windsor, and Obergefell, to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Act, to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, our nation has taken great strides forward in our march toward a more perfect union.
“But we still have so much work left to do. The legal protections that so many LGBTQ Americans and their allies have fought for are under threat. For two and a half years, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have tried to drag our nation backwards, emboldening bigots and breaking Trump’s empty promise to support the LGBTQ community. From banning transgender troops from serving in our nation’s armed forces, to undermining workplace discrimination protections, to opening the door for the denial of health care services to trans Americans, his administration has rolled back our progress time and time again.
“No one should face violence, bullying, or discrimination because of who they are or who they love. But in the face of Trump’s bigotry, the Democratic Party has a message for LGBTQ people everywhere: We see you. We hear you. We have your back, and we will never stop fighting for your rights.
“In the last election cycle, LGBTQ Democrats ran for office and won in record numbers, tearing down old barriers and transforming our democracy. As we head toward Election Day in 2019 and 2020, we’re going to continue to stand with the LGBTQ community. We’re going to carry the standard of every American who said enough is enough and love is love. And we’re going to keep fighting with the courage and pride of the countless activists and organizers who came before us.”