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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi attends the ceremony commemorating the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp’s first day of issue and honors the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco hero who dedicated his life to the fundamental American value of equality.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi attends the ceremony commemorating the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp’s first day of issue and honors the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco hero who dedicated his life to the fundamental American value of equality.  

San Francisco is blessed with a large and vibrant LGBT community and a strong history of advocacy for equal rights for all. Since my first day in Congress, ending discrimination against gays and lesbians has been a top priority. I have continuously supported legislation that expands our laws in order to better reflect the diverse society in which we live.

We have made great strides in Congress toward achieving equal rights for every American: protecting against violence by passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, ensuring equal visitation rights for all hospital patients and ending discrimination in the military by repealing the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. We celebrated as the Supreme Court issued one of the most transformative and magnificent decisions in the history of our country: Obergefell v. Hodges, recognizing marriage equality as a fundamental right for every American, everywhere.

Recently, I was proud to join Democratic leaders in the House and Senate as we introduced the Equality Act - a historic, comprehensive bill to end discrimination against LGBT Americans once and for all. The Equality Act reaffirms our most fundamental American ideal: that we are all created equal, and that equal protection is the right of every American - no matter who you are, no matter who you love.

We will continue fighting until we end discrimination in the workplace, ensure that all American families are viewed equally in the eyes of the law and stop the bullying of LGBT youth in our schools and in our society. Please know that I will continue to fight against discrimination and work for policies that reflect the ideals of fairness, equality and justice.

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Aug 17, 2020 Press Release
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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Eastern District Court in New York, in the case of Walker v. Azar (EDNY), enjoined the Department of Health and Human Services from implementing its anti-LGBTQ rule, which was slated to take effect tomorrow.  The House of Representatives participated in the case as amicus curiae in support of the plaintiffs:
 
Jul 15, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the House of Representatives filed an amicus brief in the case of Whitman-Walker Clinic v. HHS in the District of Columbia, opposing the Trump Administration’s rule undermining the Affordable Care Act’s protections for LGBTQ patients:
 
Jun 26, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement to mark the 5th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges:
 
Jun 15, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement on the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, ruling that federal employment non-discrimination laws protect all LGBTQ employees:
 
Jun 12, 2020 Press Release
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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the finalized Health and Human Services Department rule rolling back Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to weaken anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans, women, communities of color and other vulnerable populations in health care:
 
Jun 10, 2020 Press Release
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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement to mark four years since the attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which occurred on June 12, 2016:
 
May 22, 2020 Press Release
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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement in recognition of Harvey Milk Day, which is celebrated every year in California in honor of the birthday of slain civil rights leader and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk:
 
May 18, 2020 Press Release

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May 1, 2020 Press Release
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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s proposed Health and Human Services Department rule that would end anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans in health care:
 
“The Trump Administration’s latest shameful rule is a shocking attack on the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community at a time when access to quality health care is more important than ever.
Apr 9, 2020 Press Release

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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the passing of civil rights champion Phyllis Lyon:

“Today, I was heartbroken to hear of the passing of Phyllis Lyon: an icon of San Francisco, a trailblazer in the fight for civil rights and a dear friend to so many in our city and to me.  Phyllis dedicated her entire life to advancing equality for the LGBTQ community and in the process delivered extraordinary progress for all Americans.