Congresswoman Linda Sánchez released the following statement honoring LGBT History Month.
"October provides us with the opportunity to commemorate the pioneers and champions of the LGBT civil rights movement and celebrate their contributions to America's history and culture.
"As a country, we must remain committed to upholding the principles of equality and respect and dignity for all. The end of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy and President Obama's promise to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, both represent significant progress for civil rights. However, there is still much more left to accomplish.
"We must continue to strive to end discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and fight so that all Americans have the right to marry and start families with those they love. I remain committed to supporting marriage equality, investments in HIV/AIDS care, treatment and research, and campaigns that take action against bullying in schools.
"I hope Americans will join me this month in recognizing the achievements of LGBT Americans and renewing our commitment to civil rights, equality and progress for the LGBT community."