Vice President Harris do one appearance with second gentleman Doug Emhoff at the Pride Parade in downtown Washington, DC on Saturday.
Speaking to residents gathered in the city, Harris called on the Senate to pass the Equality Act to provide expanded protections for LGBT people. The House passed the bill in an almost partisan vote in February.
“We need to pass the equality law. We need to make sure our transgender community and our young people are all protected. We still need employment and housing protections,” she told the crowd.
“Tthere is so much more work to be done. And I know we are engaged and we understand the importance of this movement and our leadership roles in this ongoing movement. So happy pride, everyone, ”added Harris.
Harris also celebrated Pride in San Francisco when she was a California senator.
The vice president attended the parade after a difficult week marked by criticism from members of both sides over her trip to Latin America and the handling of the influx of migrants to the US-Mexico border.
Progressives, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over disconnected Democrats scared of progressives Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing his detractors of bias MORE (DN.Y.) lambasted Harris’ comments urging potential migrants from Guatemala to “not come” to the United States
Harris was also criticized in an interview with NBC News presenter Lester Holt in which she admitted not being at the border, adding when in a rush: “I don’t understand the point you are making. “
The vice president defended her remarks while praising “progress” in addressing the root causes of migration following meetings with leaders in Guatemala and Mexico.