To mark the start of LGBTQ+ History Month, NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson, LGBTQ+ Democrats of NC Auxiliary President Ginger Walker, and NCDP Transgender Political Caucus President Angela Bridgman released the following statement:
“During the month of October, we honor and recognize the many LGBTQ+ individuals throughout history and today who have helped to advance the social, cultural, and economic fabric of our state. We must continue to raise awareness, provide historic role models, build community, and affirm the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.
“As Democrats and leaders of the LGBTQ+ Auxiliary, we would like to thank our allies and friends who continue to stand with us in advancing our journey towards full equality. We know that elections have consequences and we must continue to fight to elect candidates who will protect the civil liberties of the LGBTQ+ community and many others.
“We would be remiss not to mention Janice Covington Allison, who passed away yesterday. Janice was a fearless LGBTQ+ advocate and champion for the transgender community. As the first transgender woman elected to be a delegate to the DNC and a longtime member of the SEC, she made countless contributions to the Democratic Party. We ought to honor her legacy as we continue the fight for full equality and justice.
“This month, we are reminded of the work that is still left to be done and we renew our commitment to repairing these faults. We are all stronger when we support each other as one family and recognize that we must continue this fight together.”