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We mourn those lost in Orlando this weekend, and our heart goes out to the victims, families and loved ones touched by this horrific tragedy. As President Obama said: This was an act of terror and hate.

But we face a choice – as individuals, as a community, and as a country. A choice about whether to come together as one people and live our values, or a choice to splinter, turn on each other, and turn on our values in fear.

America is strongest when we are united. It is strongest when we celebrate our diversity. It is strongest when we promote those values abroad and live them here at home. When we love each other.

That’s the message of Pride. And that’s how we defeat hate, and how we protect America.

"I'm gay and I'm counting on you."

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On the campaign trail, there's a lot of hugging and laughing and picture taking.  I meet so many kids with bright hopes for the future. And some of these kids - sometimes 15, 16, 17 years old - are LGBT. They come up to say to me, "I'm gay and I'm counting on you."  

I always smile. But I take this very seriously.  All across the Commonwealth, I use every chance I can to tell those kids that I have their backs. I will be their ally and advocate because this election offers a chance to create a better America. One America where all people have a chance to get ahead, where all families matter, and where all people feel safe and welcomed and can thrive.

Being out and proud about being who we are is worth celebrating. And we all deserve to be respected for it by our families and friends and by our laws. I hang onto the faith that someday people will find it hard to believe there was ever a time in our country when coming out could be dramatic - or traumatic.

As a strong supporter of the cause for LGBT equality, I recognize the struggle that it's taken to get us here. I give credit to President Obama for the incredible progress we have made toward equality under his leadership.

But today reminds me that we still have work to do. In the U.S. Senate, I will do everything in my power to eliminate the moral failure that is DOMA and to promote the idea that every workplace should be free from discrimination, including discrimination against transgendered people.

We need to give our kids a future where they can see a path to be better off than their parents - and where that is true for all our kids, including those who don't fit in or who don't fit some gender norm.

I want to go to Washington to roll up my sleeves and work with President Obama on equality for all our people. Equality is not a "pet project," as my opponent has said. It's a moral obligation.

We can get there, but only if we work together.  I need your help and your voice.  Together we build a better America.

Elizabeth Speaks at Human Rights Campaign Dinner

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On Saturday, Elizabeth spoke to an audience of more than 700 at the 31st Annual Human Rights Campaign gala and auction in Boston, thanking the attendees for their work and pledging to be a “loud voice” for equality in the US Senate. She noted that she and her husband Bruce have been supporters and admirers of the Human Rights Campaign for more than a decade. 

She made a special note of the LGBT youth that she meets on the campaign trail, who have told her ‘I’m gay and I’m counting on you.’

“I realize that this is my chance,” she said. “This is our chance—to create a better America.  An America where people have a chance to get ahead.  Where all families matter.  Where all kids feel safe and welcomed and can thrive.”

Elizabeth would be more than just another vote for marriage equality and a fully inclusive employment non-discrimination law. She will help lead the charge, to be an LGBT ally not just some of the time, but all of the time.

As she’s known for on the campaign trail, Elizabeth met as many guests as she could, shaking hands and taking pictures.

Elizabeth Warren Speaks at HRC Dinner

Boston Pride

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Elizabeth is proud that Massachusetts has led the nation in protecting and promoting equality for LGBT Americans - from marriage equality to the Transgender Equal Rights Bill.

Today she joined Rep. Barney Frank and campaign supporters at the Boston Pride Parade. Take a look.