With the news today that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi stay on as Democratic Leader for the 113th Congress, National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis issued the following statement:
"By any measure, Nancy Pelosi was the most successful Speaker of the House in history and has been an inspirational and tenacious Democratic Leader. There could be no better news today than to learn she's decided to continue as leader of the caucus. LGBT Americans can rest assured knowing that one of our strongest and most vocal allies will lead our Party's caucus in the House.
"Since her first day in the House of Representatives in 1987, Leader Pelosi has spoken loudly in favor of equality for LGBT Americans. As Speaker, she led her caucus to pass the 2009 Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was signed into law by President Obama. And though the Senate hasn't considered the bill since 1996 and it still isn't law, Speaker Pelosi brought the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the House floor for a successful vote in 2007.
"The House Democrats are in very good hands with Nancy Pelosi at the helm. Congratulations to Leader Pelosi on the well-deserved retention of her leadership position and to the rest of the House Democratic Caucus for choosing a truly top notch leadership team."
National Stonewall Democrats is the national voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied Democrats, with more than 80 local affiliates across the nation. Stonewall Democrats works to elect more pro-equality Democrats regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity - and to improve the Democratic Party on issues important to LGBT Democrats.