This weekend, 50 years after the Stonewall riots, I was honored to march past the historic inn during a celebration of pride and courage at the World Pride Parade in New York City. I am so proud to be the first Senator to march in the New York City Pride Parade — but I will not be the last.
Make no mistake that what started 50 years ago is unstoppable today.
This year was particularly special as it was the first year that I marched alongside my daughter Alison and her wife Biz. We were also joined by my wife Iris and so many New Yorkers.
Together, we called on Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Equality Act to the Senate floor.
The Equality Act would make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression illegal. It is a crucial piece of legislation that must be voted on now.
Now more than ever, it’s critical for LGBTQ+ allies in Congress to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community. I am so honored to join the community in a celebration of pride, and a fight for equity and equality for all.