Saying "The LGBTQ community still faces challenges & WA has a great distance ahead toward equity and justice for all," Gov. Jay Inslee raised the pride flag at the state capitol campus Friday.

Inslee has pushed hard during his administration for a variety of gender and other orientation issues since taking office, especially the last couple of years when the legislature has been in a position to pass more of his proposed legislation.

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Inslee's release included this information as well:

"30 years ago WA prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation. Since then, WA has:
🏳️‍🌈Recognized same-sex partnerships and marriages
🏳️‍🌈Banned conversion therapy for minors
🏳️‍🌈Banned the "panic defense" in hate crime cases
🏳️‍🌈Approved the Gender Affirming Treatment Act"
    Critics say some of Inslee's proposed policies (some which have passed, some which have not) have served to create a more divisive environment in WA state; and have come at the expense of other important social issues.
  Inslee closed by also offering these remarks:
    "We are working with the LGBTQ Commission so we can hear directly from the community about their concerns, challenges & ideas on how to advance LGBTQ equity in the state."

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