WASHINGTON D.C. – (06-12-22) – Vice President Kamala Harris called out Republican-led states that have passed dozens of hate laws targeting LGBTQ youth during a speech at the Capital Pride Festival in D.C. on Sunday.

“No one should fear going to a nightclub for fear that a terrorist might try to take them down,” said Vice President Harris on Sunday, which also marked the sixth anniversary of a mass shooting at the Pulse Gay Nightclub in Orlando, Florida where a gunman killed 49 LGBTQ Americans and injured 58 others.

“No one should fear loving who they love,” Harris continued. “Our children in Texas and Florida should not fear who they are. We should not have to be dealing with 300 laws in states around our country that are attacking our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters,” said Harris.

The vice president’s remarks follow Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signing an order directing the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate parents or guardians of transgender youth who have or are receiving gender-affirming care.

In Florida, wannabe dictator Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed the Parental Rights in Education Act, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which bans the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.

President Biden has officially declared June to be LGBTQ+ Pride Month and has condemned legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community.

“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,” said President Biden earlier this 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,” said Biden.

(Photo Courtesy of WJLA Washington, D.C.)

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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