Pelosi: ‘Hateful Legislation and Disturbing Violence Against Transgender Women of Color Sweep the Nation’

By CNSNews.com Staff | May 24, 2021 | 11:55am EDT
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) and Rep. David Cicilline (D.-R.I.) at press conference introducing the Equality Act, March 13, 2019. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) and Rep. David Cicilline (D.-R.I.) at press conference introducing the Equality Act, March 13, 2019. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Saturday to commemorate Harvey Milk Day, which honors the late gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was murdered along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978.

“When Harvey was sworn in as supervisor, he said that his victory signaled ‘a green light to all who feel disenfranchised’ and that ‘the doors are opened to everyone,’” said Pelosi in her statement. 

“Indeed, today Harvey’s green light shines on, a beacon of hope to our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors,” she said.

“In honor of his indomitable spirit, let us renew our vow to finish the work that Harvey Milk began, live up to our nation’s founding promise of full equality and build a brighter future for all Americans–no matter who they are or who they love,” said Pelosi.

“Sadly, as a wave of hateful legislation and disturbing violence against transgender women of color sweep the nation, we are reminded that the fight continues today with a renewed urgency,” she said.

Here is the full text of Pelosi’s statement:

Washington, D.C. – 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:

“On Harvey Milk Day, Americans in San Francisco, across California and around the nation celebrate a courageous, visionary and trailblazing leader, who dared to dream of a world where all could live with pride.  On what would have been Harvey’s 91st birthday, we remember his courage to live authentically and his fierce voice for justice, which has inspired generations of loud and proud activists to carry on his causes.

“Over the last four decades, the movement for full equality has made tremendous progress, helping pass vital protections against anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, sending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to the dustbin of history and securing the right to marriage equality.  Sadly, as a wave of hateful legislation and disturbing violence against transgender women of color sweep the nation, we are reminded that the fight continues today with a renewed urgency.  That is why Democrats will not relent until the landmark Equality Act, which has already passed the House twice, becomes the law of the land.  Congress also salutes the bold actions taken by the Biden-Harris Administration to protect transgender youth and end anti-LGBTQ discrimination in health care.

“When Harvey was sworn in as Supervisor, he said that his victory signaled ‘a green light to all who feel disenfranchised’ and that ‘the doors are opened to everyone.’  Indeed, today Harvey’s green light shines on, a beacon of hope to our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors.  In honor of his indomitable spirit, let us renew our vow to finish the work that Harvey Milk began, live up to our nation’s founding promise of full equality and build a brighter future for all Americans – no matter who they are or who they love.”

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