With Broomfield’s first official celebration of Pride this June – we are welcoming a series of long-overdue firsts in this County, from the first openly gay cabinet member and first openly gay state governor in the U.S – right here in Colorado – to me Guyleen Castriotta, the LGBTQ Mayor for the City and County of Broomfield. These moments of courage serve as a beacon of hope in a world that continues to devalue the dignity and safety of others. If you find yourself wondering why LGBTQ Pride month matters – it’s because LGBTQ folks just like me want to be able to live their lives without fear, without oppression, and without even thinking about it. For my wife and I, we worry that the next administration will nullify our marriage equality. Think about all of the hurdles to equality that still exist in our nation, and the trauma that so many LGBTQ people have faced simply because of who they are or who they love. That’s why congress must pass the Equality Act.
As President Obama once said: “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”