Nancy G. Brinker Statement on Pride Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                           June 1, 2021

“In June, we reflect on the progress, as well as the work that remains to be done, on the road towards equality for LGBTQ Americans. While millions live in a society more welcoming today than at the time of the Stonewall rebellion, it’s clear that our fight goes on. Systemic discrimination and violence against many of the most vulnerable in society remains far too prevalent.

“In recent months, we’ve witnessed a scourge of actions taken up by state elected officials across America to limit the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Seeking to codify discrimination into our laws is an abhorrent practice. One that must be met with peaceful protest in the street, action at the ballot box and leadership from federal officials to pass the Equality Act through Congress.

“For those who live at the intersections of marginalized identities, whether that applies to their sexuality or race, hardships are often compounded. While they stand on the frontlines of this fight, June is a time where we make clear they are not alone. Indeed, we lift them up, spotlight their struggles and join arms to meet the challenges of these moments together as one nation. Pride in our communities means pride in our strength in the time of hardship, inclusiveness in the midst of intense polarization and resilience in the face of hate.”