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Senate Resolution Seeks to Recognize June as Pride Month

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With Donald Trump failing to act, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is taking the matter into his own hands.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio has proposed that the Senate recognize June as LGBT Pride Month, as Donald Trump never did.

"This year, the White House broke with an 8 year tradition and did not issue a presidential proclamation acknowledging June as Pride Month," Brown, a Democrat, tweeted today. "So I'm proud to lead the first-ever Senate Resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month."

The resolution, which Brown introduced today, notes the discrimination and inequality LGBT Americans have faced and still do, along with their contributions to the nation's life. It also notes milestones in the fight for LGBT equality and promises that U.S. leaders will continue that fight.

"We must always stand with our LGBTQ friends and neighbors -- not just during the month of June, but year round," Brown said in a press release. "I hope all Ohioans will join me in celebrating the accomplishments and courage of the LGBTQ community, and commit themselves to continuing the fight for equality for all."

The resolution was introduced on the 48th anniversary of the day the Stonewall riots began. The multiday uprising came in response to a police raid on a New York City gay bar and is widely credited with launching the modern LGBT rights movement.

Twenty other senators, all Democrats, are cosponsoring the resolution.

Trump's failure to issue a proclamation for LGBT Pride Month or hold a Pride reception at the White House is one of the many ways his presidency differs from that of Barack Obama, who signed a proclamation and held a reception every June during his two terms.

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