ATLANTA, GA: As the nation kicks off Pride month, Sarah Riggs Amico, candidate for U.S. Senate, released the following statement:
“Today marks the beginning of Pride month, celebrated every June in commemoration of the June 1969 Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village that launched the ongoing work to secure equal rights for all LGBTQ+ community members.
Fifty-one years ago, the Stonewall uprising was in direct response to police violence against New York City’s Black and brown LGBTQ+ community and led by Black and brown trans women. In the wake of repeated violence against innocent Black Americans in 2020, the best way we can celebrate Pride is by standing up and demanding every American, but particularly Black Americans, are given equal justice under the law.
Pride, at its core, is an affirmation of the innate value of every human being — no matter who they love. We must stand and collectively call out those sitting passively on the sidelines. I stand with Black people in their fight and I stand with all victims of discrimination and brutality, because when we stand shoulder to shoulder as allies in this fight the country sees there are more of us who believe in holding our nation to its promises of equality and justice for all.”