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June 3, 2021

Rep. Mondaire Jones and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland discuss the movement for LGBTQ+ rights at the Stonewall Inn, the first-ever national landmark dedicated to LGBTQ+ history.

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY), the first openly gay, Black Member of Congress, joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland for a Pride Month conversation at the Stonewall Inn, the first national landmark dedicated to LGBTQ+ history in the United States. At the event, Congressman Jones and Secretary Haaland discussed the Stonewall Inn’s historic place in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, the importance of the site’s designation as a national monument, and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ equity.

“I’m honored to celebrate Pride Month with Secretary Haaland at the Stonewall Inn, the site of the first-ever Pride protest and a national landmark in the fight for LGBTQ+ equity,” said Congressman Jones. “Pride is an opportunity to celebrate the progress our community has made, reflect on the work it’s taken to get here, and recommit to the work that remains to secure justice for all LGBTQ+ people. At a time when LGBTQ+ rights, and trans rights in particular, are under attack from the far-right, it is as important as ever that we fight to create a world where every LGBTQ+ person can live and thrive as their authentic selves. I know Secretary Haaland and the Biden Administration are committed to this fight, and I’ll continue working in partnership with the Administration and my colleagues in Congress to affirm LGBTQ+ justice.”

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland and resides in Westchester.