California Assembly Speaker: ‘We Fight For’ The LGBT Community

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"California Assembly Speaker: ‘We Fight For’ The LGBT Community"

California Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D)

Last night’s speakers at the Democratic National Convention once again included many mentions of the LGBT community. Boston Mayor Tom Menino (D) boasted, “You know what we call same-sex couples? Our friends. Our brothers and sisters.” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) called out conservatives: “From marriage equality to voting rights, someone will fight against expanding the rights enjoyed by some Americans to all Americans.” And California Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D), who is openly gay, identified that many LGBT people still experience employment discrimination across the country:

PÉREZ: In too many states, even some folks who have a job wake up every morning worrying that they may lose their job simply for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. We fight for them. [...]

[Obama] helped repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ giving LGBT Americans the opportunity to openly and proudly serve our nation in uniform. And he’s standing up for the right of those of us in LGBT community to say, ‘I do.’

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Though many convention speakers have recognized the LGBT community, Pérez was the first to identify transgender people by name.

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