CONCORD, NH — In response to the beginning of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, NHDP Chair Ray Buckley has released the following statement:
“As we celebrate Pride Month, it’s important to reflect on the incredible strides we’ve made as a community. As a lifelong Granite Stater and an openly gay man, I’m so proud of the progress we’ve made in the past 30 years as a state and within our community.
New Hampshire has more transgender elected officials than any other state government, we have consistently had the largest legislative LGBTQIA+ caucus in the country and we have many more holding local office and leading their communities. Congressman Chris Pappas is one of only 11 openly LGBTQIA+ members of Congress. Nearly 12 years ago, we were the first state to legalize marriage equality without a court order. The NH GOP continues to oppose marriage equality and LGBTQIA+ rights, but we’re not backing down. Thanks to the support of trailblazing allies like Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan and Congresswoman Annie Kuster, we’re a community who continues fighting for equal rights and representation, and we won’t be silenced.
To all LGBTQIA+ Granite Staters, out or not, — you are loved, cherished, and welcomed here. ”