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Dems Introduce Resolution to Celebrate Black LGBTQ+ Americans

Dems Introduce Resolution to Celebrate Black LGBTQ+ Americans

A collage of Black LGBTQ+ leaders Marsha P. Johnson, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Bayard Rustin

As the end of Black History Month draws near, Democrats are continuing to give credit where credit is due.

Three prominent members of the Congressional Equality Caucus have introduced a resolution to celebrate the contributions of Black LGBTQ+ Americans.

Vice Chair and founding member California’s Rep. Barbara Lee, Co-Chair Rep. Ritchie Torres of New York, and Chair Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin presented the measure with 32 cosponsors, according to a press release.

This resolution recognizes, celebrates, and uplifts the contributions made by black LGBTQ+ individuals to American society and culture.

“For generations, we have seen the erasure of Black LGBTQI+ Americans from our history, despite all of the rich and impactful contributions these individuals have made to our culture, society, and the advancement of civil rights,” Lee said. “Even today, the work of Black LGBTQI+ leaders is regularly not given the credit or recognition it deserves.”

Lee cited the work of Black queer historic icons such as Marsha P. Johnson, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, and Bayard Rustin.

Torres, who is gay, noted that Black LGBTQ+ Americans had made contributions to society for which they haven’t been recognized.

“Black LGBTQ+ Americans have made countless and indelible contributions to our society that have enriched our lives, informed our history and enhanced our culture across many industries and institutions,” Torres said. “But too often, their stories and their legacies are erased or ignored, and many people remain aware of the impact Black LGBTQ+ individuals have had on our country.”

Pocan remarked that Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans from all walks of life.

“Black history is American history, and that includes Black LGBTQI+ history," he said.

The out Wisconsin lawmaker added: "I am honored to join Equality Caucus Vice Chair Barbara Lee and Co-Chair Ritchie Torres in introducing this resolution honoring the legacies of Black LGBTQI+ trailblazers across the country.”

There has been an increase of scrutiny over historic Black LGBTQ+ activists and leaders in the past few months after Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rejected Black Queer studies as part of the Advanced Placement African American Studies curriculum. The governor has sought to restrict discussions surrounding race and sexual orientation in what's been called an “anti-woke” agenda.

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