Happy Pride Month! On June 28, 1970, members of the LGBTQIA+ community held the first Pride March, commemorating the one-year mark since the Stonewall uprising in New York City, a pivotal shift in the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights.
Although members of the LGBTQIA+ community have greater visibility and legal protection today, advocacy for equal rights and fair treatment are still at the heart of Pride Month celebrations. While we celebrate those in our lives who are a part of this community, it is critical that we continue to do our part to advocate for them to be equally and equitably protected under law.
Our Legislature and Courts
The League is currently watching for Supreme Court rulings in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Americans for Prosperity v. Bonta, and Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee. These rulings will have an impact on both LGBTQIA+ rights and voting rights, as well as the influence of money in politics.
We are also continuing to fight against the anti-voter bills and laws created by state legislatures across the country. We have created talking points to help Leagues message about combating these bills. Also, remember, if your League is considering taking federal legal action against anti-voter bills in your state, please let us know by completing the Federal Action form.
These anti-voter, anti-democracy bills remind us of why it's important for the Senate to restore the Voting Rights Amendment of 1965 by passing the For the People Act (S1). S1 will protect the integrity of our democracy and ensure that all eligible voters have equal access to cast their ballots. Please continue to educate your communities about the importance of this legislation and urge them to reach out to their senators.
This is a critical time for us not to let up. After an all-in successful election year like 2020, it is natural to sit back and take a breath. But please understand it is more critical now than ever that we not only continue our efforts in voter education and voter registration, but also that we do it now before the next national election and protect voters and elections that are happening across the country.
The nation is counting on the League to keep moving the dial on voter empowerment and the defense of our democracy. I am counting on you to continue the amazing work you do every day even as you take a moment to recharge.
Thank you for letting me serve this amazing organization for the past year. I look forward to seeing many of you at Council.
I hope you all continue to safely enjoy reconnecting with your loved ones in-person as we look forward to what is becoming “a summer of freedom” as the pandemic wanes.