'This Pride Month, Let Us Stand Up and Speak Out for Equality and
Fairness for All'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on this weekend's 34th San Francisco Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration:
weekend is the 34th annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
and Transgender Pride Celebration, a time to celebrate San Francisco's
proud history of advocacy for equal rights for LGBT persons and
to recognize the contributions of the LGBT community.
is blessed with a large and vibrant LGBT community and has a strong
history of advocacy for equal rights for all. That history is the
result of respect - respect for the contributions of our LGBT
community, and respect for the contributions of all of the many
communities that make our city great.
last year's Pride celebration, we have made progress in the fight
to secure civil rights and basic protections for LGBT Americans,
especially in California. Serious work remains, however, to protect
LGBT individuals from workplace discrimination and hate-related
crimes, to provide immigration benefits to same-sex couples, to
fully fund HIV/AIDS programs domestically and internationally, and
to defeat a mean-spirited constitutional amendment that would enshrine
discrimination in our Constitution.
this week, President Bush exaggerated his commitment to HIV/AIDS
prevention and treatment, praising programs that he has consistently
underfunded in his budgets. During the same speech, he committed
to provide some extra money for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program,
but proposed to take those funds from another part of the health
care safety net. We need leaders who are truly committed to making
adequate funding for HIV/AIDS a priority, not ones who merely claim
to do so. And we need leaders who understand that discrimination
has no place in our country, not ones who try to divide the American
people for political purposes.
"This Pride Month, let us stand up and speak out for equality
and fairness for all."