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When we talk Pride

June is Pride month, and I'm reflecting on the anniversary of the marriage equality decision from the United States Supreme Court. Six years ago, in the landmark ruling Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court established that the fundamental right to marry can not be denied. Love is love.

But the fight for full equality continues. "Equal Justice Under Law" is etched above the doors of the Supreme Court, but too many LGBTQ+ Americans continue to face discrimination and attacks in many parts of this country.

We must remain vigilant and work diligently — during Pride and always — to protect and expand the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

Will you join me in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality by donating to Basic Rights Oregon?

For every gain we make, there are disturbing new stories of our LGBTQ+ neighbors and friends, and particularly transgender youth, being targeted across the country. Record numbers of anti-transgender laws have been introduced and passed in state legislatures this year.

Yet we also see that our hard work for equality can bring positive change. President Biden moved swiftly to restore protections LGBTQ+ Americans. The House passed the Equality Act to end discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations in every state. We await the Senate's action on this critical bill.

As an advocate for safe schools for all, I'm working hard to make sure our LGBTQ+ and transgender youth are free to thrive and be free from discrimination.

Winning full equality takes all of us. As I continue the fight in Congress for our LGBTQ+ communities, I'm asking you to support Basic Rights Oregon. For 25 years, BRO has championed equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Oregonians.

Chip in today to help win equal justice for all by supporting Basic Rights Oregon.

From my heart to yours, I wish you Happy Pride. Our march goes on.

Suzanne Bonamici

Posted on June 28, 2021.

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Meet Suzanne

Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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