Attorney General Merrick Garland: ‘In Honor Of Pride Month’

Attorney General Merrick Garland: ‘In Honor Of Pride Month’

The Department of Justice has issued this statement from Attorney General Merrick Garland celebrating the LGBTQ community as the country recognizes Pride Month.

“As we recognize Pride Month and celebrate the LGBTQI+ community, the Justice Department renews its commitment to protecting the rights of every person to live free from discrimination and persecution based on who they are or who they love. The Justice Department is proud to stand in defense of the rights to which LGBTQI+ individuals, and all people in our country, are entitled.”

The DOJ goes on to list its efforts to protect the LGBTQ community including prosecuting hate crimes, combatting discrimination, and defending transgender youth:

The Justice Department works every day to ensure the rights of LGBTQI+ people are recognized and protected. Members of the LGBTQI+ community must be able to live their lives free from discrimination, harassment, violence, and threats of violence.

The Justice Department prioritizes addressing threats and discrimination against LGBTQI+ people in the workplace, at doctor’s offices, in their schools, communities, and more.

Prosecuting hate crimes based on LGBTQI+ status. As recent FBI statistics confirm, hate crimes are on the rise, including hate crimes targeting members of the LGBTQI+ community.

The Justice Department is pursuing those who commit acts of hate based on sexual orientation or gender identity to the fullest extent of the law.

There’s much more at the link.