On July 4th, we celebrated 246 years since our nation gained independence. And on this holiday, I’m mindful of what freedom really means to many Americans.

Independence and liberty for all were not achieved in 1776. Instead, it’s taking centuries to realize true freedom — for Black people, women, LGBTQ+ communities, and so many more marginalized groups.

It’s why we celebrated Juneteenth two weeks ago — honoring the emancipation of people who were enslaved in Texas and the struggle for Black liberation. And it’s why we celebrated Pride last month — commemorating the Stonewall Uprising led by trans women of color and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights and equality.”

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