News Published: Jun 3, 2010 - 11:45 AM

Dodd statement on LGBT Pride Month

By Senator Dodd's office

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Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) released the following statement today in observance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. “Every June, as we remember the demonstrations at Stonewall, we also recognize the continuing struggle towards equality for LGBT Americans.

“In the last two years, Congress has passed hate crime legislation, renewed the Ryan White CARE Act, and continued our fight to finally end the military’s discriminatory policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ - but the journey continues.

“Every day, our friends and loved ones in the LGBT community face injustice, discrimination, and inequality. This month – and every day – we must never forget our history and never give up on our fight to ensure equality for all Americans.”

Throughout his career, Senator Dodd has fought for the civil rights of the members of the LGBT community. Dodd is a supporter of legalizing same-sex marriages. He is also a cosponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010, which would repeal the U.S. Department of Defense’s current policy concerning homosexuality in the military. The bill was passed out of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the House of Representatives last week.

Additionally, Dodd is an original cosponsor of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, which was signed into law last year as part of the Department of Defense Authorization bill. The measure expands existing law to cover hate crimes involving sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. It will also enable the Department of Justice to provide its non-federal partners with assistance to support hate crimes enforcement efforts.

Dodd also co-authored the Ryan White CARE Act reauthorization, which was signed into law last year. The Act provides funding for direct assistance to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, including primary care, medications, support services, dental care, medical transportation, and many other services.

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