Vice President Kamala Harris made history Saturday (June 11), becoming the first sitting VP to march in a gay Pride event. Harris participated in the Capital Pride march in Washington, D.C. with the Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. Harris wore a "love is love" t-shirt and her husband Doug Emhoff wore a "love first" shirt, as they walked side by side to a rally at Freedom Plaza.
On Sunday evening (Jun 12), during the Capital Pride Festival on The Mall, she rallied the community together in a speech on stage.
"No one should fear loving who they love. Our children in Texas and Florida should not fear who they are. We should not have to be dealing with 300 laws and states around our country that are attacking are LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters. So we know what we stand for and therefore we know what we will fight for!"
Harris later took to Twitter to remember the Pulse Nightclub shooting victims during the 6-year anniversary of the tragedy.
"Five years ago, 49 LGBTQ+ people and allies were enjoying an evening out at Pulse Nightclub. And then, in an instant, they were gone. Today, we remember those who died and their loved ones—and we recommit to building a world free from gun violence."
After the House and Senate unanimously passed legislation to designate the establishment a national memorial, President Biden said in a statement on Saturday, the fifth anniversary of the shooting, that he will sign the bill, "enshrining in law what has been true since that terrible day five years ago: Pulse Nightclub is hallowed ground."