Vice President Kamala Harris continued the Biden administration’s divisive rhetoric by attacking Republican-led states for allegedly “attacking our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters.”
Speaking at the Capital Pride Festival in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Harris proved again that there was no merit in Joe Biden’s empty campaign promises to bring the nation together and refrain from attacks and name-calling.
“No one should fear going to a nightclub for fear that a terrorist might try to take them down,” she said. “No one should fear loving who they love.”
“Our children in Texas and Florida should not fear who they are,” she added, specifically calling out GOP-led states during the speech which coincided with the sixth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in Orlando in which 49 people were killed by a gunman and 58 others were injured.
GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis sparked fiery backlash from the left after he signed the Parental Rights in Education Act, which goes into effect July 1. Critics blasted the legislation and mischaracterized it as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, though the law is aimed at preventing age-inappropriate classroom discussion and education of young children.
In Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) recently authorized investigations by the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services of the parents of transgender children who’ve received gender-affirming care.
Love is love. Happy Pride! pic.twitter.com/sgAwr3I53P
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) June 13, 2022
“We should not have to be dealing with 300 laws in states around our country that are attacking our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters,” the vice president said Sunday, echoing the sentiment of President Joe Biden who has criticized legislation he says is targeted at the LGBTQ+ community.
Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, and Rupaul’s Drag Race Winner Symone take the stage at the Capitol Pride Festival in Washington, DC Sunday pic.twitter.com/6dLg14X9lU
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“Members of the LGBTQI+ community — especially people of color and trans people — continue to face discrimination and cruel, persistent efforts to undermine their human rights,” Biden said in a proclamation declaring June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
“All of this compounded has been especially difficult on LGBTQI+ youth, 45 percent of whom seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year — a devastating reality that our Nation must work urgently to address,” he added.
Harris was joined Sunday by her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff.
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Kamala and Doug made an appearance at DC pride pic.twitter.com/042MHC4p91
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The couple also appeared at last year’s D.C. Pride parade with Harris making headlines as the first sitting vice president to march in a Pride Event.
“We need to pass the Equality Act. We need to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are all protected. We need still protections around employment and housing,” Harris said at the time.
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