Pelosi Issues Statement ‘Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia’

By CNSNews.com Staff | May 17, 2021 | 4:01pm EDT
Speaker Nancy Pelois in the San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, June 28, 2015. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Speaker Nancy Pelois in the San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, June 28, 2015. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) issued a statement on Monday to mark the “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.”

“On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Americans reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that every person can live free from the fear of losing their job, their home or their life simply because of who they are,” said Pelosi.

“Today and every day, we reject bigotry and discrimination against LGBTQ communities here at home and around the world and recommit to a future in which everyone is treated equally under the law, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” she said.

“Thanks to the persistent, dissatisfied leadership by generations of activists, our nation has made remarkable progress toward securing full equality,” said Pelosi.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is held annually on May 17 and is sometimes known by the acronym “IDAHO.”

“The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics,” says its website.

“The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder,” it says.

“The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics,” it says.

“Democrats are proud to stand with our LGBTQ community as we have led the fight in Congress, from legislating protections against hate crimes to ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to the fight for marriage equality,” she said. “Continuing this proud tradition, the Democratic House passed the historic Equality Act in February, offering hope and happiness to millions.”

Here is the full text of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Biphobia:

Pelosi Statement on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, 2021

Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement marking International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia:

“On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Americans reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that every person can live free from the fear of losing their job, their home or their life simply because of who they are.  Today and every day, we reject bigotry and discrimination against LGBTQ communities here at home and around the world and recommit to a future in which everyone is treated equally under the law, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Thanks to the persistent, dissatisfied leadership by generations of activists, our nation has made remarkable progress toward securing full equality.  Democrats are proud to stand with our LGBTQ community as we have led the fight in Congress, from legislating protections against hate crimes to ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to the fight for marriage equality.  Continuing this proud tradition, the Democratic House passed the historic Equality Act in February, offering hope and happiness to millions.  With a Democratic Senate Majority and President Biden in the White House, we will not stop fighting until it becomes law.  The House is also proud to support the recent actions announced by the Biden Administration to harness American diplomacy to combat the criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as advance human rights and protections for LGBTQ communities all over the world.

“As our beloved John Lewis said on the House Floor when we first passed the Equality Act in 2019, ‘We have a decision to end discrimination and set all of our people free.’  Civil rights for all communities are a sacred pillar of our democracy, and we must not relent until every American can enjoy the liberation of full equality.  In this spirit, let us vow to defend the rights of LGBTQ people at home and abroad and strive together to build a brighter future with peace and justice for all.”

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