(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Vice President Kamala Harris’ Official Twitter Account @VP)
Vice President Kamala Harris made history on Saturday by attending the Capital Pride Walk and Rally held in downtown Washington with her husband, Doug Emhoff. This makes her the first sitting vice president to do so.
Harris wore a shirt that reads “Love is love” while the second gentleman’s shirt reads “Love first.” They greeted fellow attendees and participants “Happy Pride” and even took the time to speak to them.
Harris also delivered a rousing speech, calling for the passage of the Equality Act in the Senate. Equality Act is a landmark LGBTQ rights bill that has been passed by the House last February.
“We celebrate all of the accomplishments, but we need to pass the Equality Act,” Harris said. “We need to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are all protected. We need, still, protections around employment and housing. There is so much more work to do, and I know we are committed.”
Equality Act “prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system.” To know more about the bill, read here.
Harris also posted a message on her Instagram account wishing the LGBTQ community Happy Pride. Her post reads, “LGBTQ Americans, I want you to know: We see you. We hear you.” She added, “President Joe Biden and I will not rest until everyone has equal protection under the law. Happy #Pride.”