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Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement on the LGBT Pride Festival celebration this weekend in San Diego:

“Each Pride Month, we have a lot to celebrate in San Diego. Our city has historically been a leader in LGBT rights and has helped our region and state advance equality for all. This year, we made history again when our own State Senator Toni Atkins became the first woman and first lesbian State Senate President Pro Tem.

Pride is also a chance to unite around the challenges yet to be won. As part of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I’m fighting to ensure no one faces discrimination or harassment because of who they are or who they love; that no brave, qualified American who wants to enlist in our military is turned away because of their gender identity; and that the personal convictions of a store or business don’t supersede the civil rights of LGBT customers.

Until then, I know our LGBT community and their allies will show strength in the face of hate and determination in the fight for justice and equality for all. Happy Pride, San Diego!”

As City Council President, Rep. Peters led the San Diego City Council to oppose Prop. 8. He later served on the San Diego LGBT Center Board of Directors. In Congress, Rep. Peters is part of a coalition leading efforts to strengthen federal non-discrimination laws by supporting the Equality Act. He also passed legislation to outlaw discrimination against LGBT federal workers and contractors, and last year he filed an amendment to block the Trump Administration’s attempt to ban the service of transgender individuals in the U.S. military.