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Taking our cues from the embassy

As we celebrate Pride month let's take a step back to recognize the tremendous progress we've made in America. Marriage equality is the law of the land! LGBTQ Americans are represented everywhere from popular culture to business, the military, academia, and Congress.

From coast to coast Pride parades and events celebrate love, compassion, acceptance, and human kindness. We could all use more of that these days.

When U.S. embassies around the world received Vice President Mike Pence's request to not fly a Pride flag — most defied the order or outsmarted it. In India, for example, the U.S. Embassy illuminated its external façade in brilliant rainbow color.

In the face of bigotry and dim-minded policies, progress always finds a way.

At home, we celebrated our 29th Long Island Pride Parade, and this coming Thursday will be the Pride Alive After 5 event in Patchogue.

This month, and everyday it is evident: we can and must do more to protect the rights of gay, trans, and gender non-conforming Americans. We must work to ensure that young people who question their sexuality get the support they need. I promise to do that when I am elected to Congress.

But for today, for just a little while, let's pause and salute the progress.


Posted on June 26, 2019.

For 25 years, I have been a common-sense businessman — not a career politician — so I look at things differently. I know about fixing dysfunction. It starts with hard work, a commitment to results, and perseverance — not scoring cheap political points. We can work together to provide opportunity and create an economy that works for all of us.

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