FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2018
Alvin Brown on Pride Month
JACKSONVILLE – In celebration of Pride Month 2018, former Jacksonville Mayor and candidate for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 5th District Alvin Brown released the following statement:
“During LGBTQ Pride Month, Americans recognize and reaffirm the right of all people to life, liberty and the freedom to pursue happiness. It was during this month in 1969 that LGBTQ Americans stood against brutality and violence outside the Stonewall Inn. Today, we continue the fight to ensure that all Americans are treated equally under the law and have access to the same opportunities and resources.
“This is why it is an insult to our communities for the current administration to have rolled back protections for transgender people serving in the military. On that same day, Donald Trump nominated Sam Brownback, the governor of Kansas and a vocal opponent of gay rights, as the nation’s Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. These decisions are a clear affront to both the LGBTQ as well as armed forces and veteran communities in the 5th Congressional District, as Donald Trump and his allies turn the clock back on equality.
“I firmly believe no one should face discrimination, bullying or violence because of who they are or who they love. In Congress, I will fight for policies that ensure equal treatment that’s inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, including in established policies like the Fair Housing and Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The LGBTQ community has made significant contributions to our community, and we can, and must, do better to ensure the fairness and dignity every human being deserves.”