Biden celebrates Pride Month, highlighting LGBTQ rights

NOW: Biden celebrates Pride Month, highlighting LGBTQ rights

By JOSH BOAK and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is celebrating Pride Month at the White House, a reflection of the growing stature of the LGBTQ community at the highest level of government.

Biden said Friday that Pride Month stands for courage, justice and love.

He was joined by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay person confirmed to a Cabinet post in U.S. history.

Buttigieg said, "Us even being here proves how much change is possible in America."

Biden also signed into law a measure designating the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, as a national memorial.

A mass shooting at the gay club in 2016 was the deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in U.S. history.

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