Democrats highlight history-making LGBTQ lawmakers for Pride month
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is celebrating Pride Month by highlighting the work of history-making LGBTQ lawmakers on its official Twitter account. 


So far, they have featured Sens. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Next Congress expected to have record diversity Infrastructure, energy investments urgently needed to create U.S. jobs MORE (D-Wis.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the first openly gay and openly bisexual senators respectively; Oregon Gov. Kate BrownKate BrownSay 'no thanks' to Thanksgiving mandates The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Dems push McConnell on COVID-19 relief; Grassley contracts COVID-19 Oregon governor officially orders new coronavirus restrictions MORE (D), the first openly LGBTQ person elected governor; and Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender black woman elected to U.S. political office. 

Jenkins is the the second transgender person in any state legislature in the country, according to the DNC's Twitter account. Sinema was also Arizona's first female senator.  

Pride Month is celebrated annually in June. President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE recognized Pride Month in a pair of tweets this month, acknowledging the "outstanding contributions" by LGBT Americans, marking the first time a Republican president has made such a statement.

But his administration has been widely criticized by LGBTQ groups and advocates for rolling back LGBTQ rights and protections for transgender people in particular.

"As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation," Trump wrote in a statement. "My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!"

Several Democratic 2020 contenders also marked the occasion, with many tweeting support for the community and releasing special Pride-themed campaign merchandise.

"#PrideMonth is a time to proudly celebrate who you are," wrote 2020 contender Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet GOP senator: No indication of widespread voting irregularities, window for Trump challenges is 'closing' Biden pledges to work with mayors MORE (D-Calif.). "As we recognize the rich history and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community, let’s renew our commitment to dignity, acceptance, and equal rights for everyone."