Senator Tammy Duckworth: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community

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Senator Tammy Duckworth

For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois -- a champion of LGBTQ rights -- shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.

Every day, members of the LGBTQ community deal with challenges that most Americans will never have to face. These challenges appear in the workplace, in your homes, in your community and even in the halls of Congress. Yet, even in the face of discrimination, even when someone says you can’t love who you love just because of who you are, you have been resilient. Your dedication to protecting the American ideals of liberty, equality and justice for every American, no matter their gender or sexual identity, is truly an inspiration to us all.

So, this Pride Month, do just that – be proud of who you are. Celebrate your identity and your community. As we continue to march toward progress, know that you have a friend and ally in me.

Gay Pride Month 2017