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Wyoming Equality; more celebrate Pride Month

Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 9:08 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - June is Pride Month across the country, and the celebration doesn’t stop here in Wyoming.

“Pride Month is a great time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, lesbian gay bisexual two spirit - two spirited folks we have two enrolled tribes here in Wyoming, queer intersex asexual folks, it’s a time for our community to celebrate and recognize that we haven’t always had rights.” - said Sara Burlingame, Executive Director of Wyoming Equality.

Whilst progress has been made in the fight for equal rights, but Burlingame says there is room to grow.

She said, “So right now we have a patchwork of rights where you can get married on a Friday and then you can come and show up at your job and get fired on a Monday just for being who you are, who you love, or how you present your gender. and that’s not fair.”

That’s why Burlingame and others are fighting for federal passage of the equality act- which would amend civil rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

This month President Biden is calling on congress to act. But the legislation continues to face strong Republican opposition in congress, as critics fear it will violate religious freedom.

We spoke with the Communications Director of the ACLY of Wyoming, Janna Farley, who said “LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit people have made some incredible leaps forward in terms of rights, but the fight for equality is not over. Because there’s things that happen every day in Wyoming and across the country that just remind us that we aren’t all equal and that we need to get to a place where we are all equal. I mean Wyoming is the equality state lets make it happen.”

Wyoming Equality plans to celebrate pride with events in Casper on June 12th, and Laramie starting on the 17th. More events are also scheduled across the state over the next month.

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