Statement for D.C. Capital Pride 2021

In 1958, The U.S. government fired Dr. Frank Kameny from his job for being gay. In his career, Dr. Kameny went to serve the D.C. LGBTQ+ community as a Gay Rights trailblazer and activist. 

50-years-ago, in 1971, Dr. Kameny ran in the first election for D.C. Delegate to Congress as the first openly gay man to run for U.S. Congress. In the five decades since his campaign, we’ve seen meaningful progress in the rights and equal opportunities of the LGBTQ+ community.

These significant advances in LGBTQ+ rights have been made possible by courageous acts of leaders and everyday people. Still, more than 60-years since the United States government fired Dr. Kameny for being gay, Americans today still lack basic legal protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

We need to honor Dr. Kameny’s legacy and elect a D.C. Delegate to Congress who will listen to LGBTQ+ voices and fight passionately against the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. This starts with the Equality Act, which will protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in the workplace.

I proudly support the Equality Act, and as a pastor within the local LGBTQ+ community, I’m celebrating D.C. Capital Pride this month while we continue fighting for equal opportunities and justice moving forward. 🏳️‍🌈

- Rev Wendy Hamilton

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