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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 LGBTQ community and a strong history of advocacy for equal rights for all.  Since my first day in Congress, ending discrimination against the LGBTQ community and advancing full equality has been a top priority.  I have continuously supported legislation that expands protections for LGBTQ Americans and honors the beautiful diversity that enriches our community. 

With the tireless support of generations of LGBTQ leaders, advocates and citizens, we have made great strides in Congress toward ensuring and protecting equal rights for every American: including by passing historic, fully-inclusive hate crimes legislation, tossing the hateful “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy into the dustbin of history and defeating the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.  Together, 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.

In the 116th Congress, our House Democratic Majority proudly passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act, historic legislation to finally end anti-LGBTQ discrimination once and for all.  The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity with regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.  And to honor the LGBTQ Americans who bravely serve our nation, House Democrats fought relentlessly against the Trump Administration’s shameful, un-American transgender military service ban, purpose-built to hurt and humiliate these patriotic Americans.

Now, working with the new Biden-Harris Administration, our unified Democratic Congress will be committed to the bedrock promise of equality and justice for all.  I strongly support President Biden’s Executive Order reversing the hateful transgender ban and recognizing the courage and dedication of all those willing and able to serve our nation.  And, in Congress, Democrats will once again pass the landmark Equality Act, and we will not rest until its vital protections are enacted into law.
We will continue to advance progress until we end the discrimination that undermines our democracy, ensuring that all Americans, regardless of who you are or whom you love, are viewed equally in the eyes of the law.  The fight for equality demands our persistent efforts to honor our fundamental values of fairness and justice as we work to build a brighter future for all.

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Dec 22, 2020 Press Release
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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the 10th anniversary of the historic end of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy:
 
Dec 1, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement to mark World AIDS Day 2020:
 
Nov 20, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance:
 
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: