Vice President Kamala Harris surprised participants in a march on the occasion of LGBTQ + pride month this Saturday by joining their ranks for part of the tour, in addition to advocating for better protection for transgender people in the country.
Dressed in a pink blazer and a “Love is love” T-shirt, Harris joined the pride march organized by a local Washington organization with her husband, Doug Emhoff.
The two walked among the participants for a few meters, and greeted those who cheered them from the sidewalks in the center of the capital, where pride month annually inspires many celebrations.
“Happy (pride) month!” Harris exclaimed to the cheering crowd, before stopping and delivering a more elaborate message.
“We have to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are protected. We still need protections related to employment and housing. There is much more work to do, and I know we are committed ”, he stressed.
The vice president spoke like this shortly after President Joe Biden released a statement marking the fifth anniversary of the worst attack on the LGTBQ + community in US history, the shooting that left 49 dead at the gay nightclub Pulse. from Orlando (Florida).
In his statement, Biden called for increased gun control and highlighted “the particular impact of gun violence on LGTBQ + communities”, in addition to condemning “the epidemic of violence and hatred against transgender women, especially transgender women who are not white. ”.
At least 44 transgender or gender non-binary people were shot or killed by other means in the United States in 2020, the deadliest year for that group in the last decade; and 28 others have died in the same way so far in 2021, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Biden asked the Senate to “quickly” approve the Equality Act, already endorsed by the House of Representatives last February and which would prohibit “discrimination on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity” in public spaces and in social programs financed with federal funds.
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