LGBTQ+ people’s stories are living proof that the political has always been extremely personal.
The story of America’s journey to becoming a “more perfect union” will always be written by those who know that this country has a place for them, too. The authors of our nation’s progress are the protesters, the marchers. They are those who demand that “equality and justice for all” are more than words we say, but instead values we live every day.
In living their lives authentically, LGBTQ+ Americans are not only becoming whole themselves, but also making the fabric of our nation whole, too.
Activists like Henry Gerber, Del Martin, and Phyllis Ann Lyon founded some of the first LGBTQ+ rights organizations. Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé Delarverie galvanized a movement in their resistance at Stonewall. Organizations like ACT UP demanded and ultimately paved the way for treatment. And advocates successfully pushed for an end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and brought marriage equality to our country.
But their work remains unfinished. Just this week the Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether it’s legal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Their work is now our work to propel our national story forward.
As president, Pete will fight to tear down the walls that have excluded the LGBTQ+ community for far too long. His policy, “Becoming Whole: A New Era for LGBTQ+ Americans,” is inspired by stories of LGBTQ+ people: We hope you’ll explore these stories and, in doing so, feel the urgency of unfinished promises of full equality under the law.