Congressman Andy Levin Celebrates Pride Month
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today released the following statement in celebration of Pride Month:
“I am in awe by the progress our country has made in affirming the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people. It is because of the leadership and sacrifices of so many, especially transgender women of color and other intersectionally marginalized groups, that our country has made so much progress.
“But we still have a long way to go. In many states, a person can still be fired for being gay. It is estimated that as many as 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, and laws that prevent LGBTQ couples from adopting children are advancing at a startling rate.
“Fortunately, our country is still making huge strides to protect the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people. Two weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Equality Act with bipartisan support. I have been proud to offer my own bill, the Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act, which would amend the tax code to remove gender-specific references in favor of language inclusive of LGBTQ couples.
“This Pride Month, we celebrate the love and community of LGBTQ people and the power they hold in living authentically. This month I recommit myself as a proud ally of the LGBTQ community, and to working to make Macomb and Oakland Counties accepting and inclusive communities for all.”