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    A Letter to San Francisco Bay Times readers from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

    Dear Friends,

    It is a pleasure to send best wishes to all the readers of the San Francisco Bay Times for a glorious New Year filled with peace, hope and love!

    This year, we are thrilled to celebrate 41 incredible years of the Bay Times! Every day, our city is blessed by your work to engage, inform, entertain and inspire the LGBTQ community in San Francisco.

    I often say that there is no job title that means more to me than “Representative.” Thank you for the honor of representing you in Congress in the spirit of our city’s patron saint, Saint Francis, whose song is our anthem—“Make me a channel of thy peace.”

    In that spirit, I delivered my first remarks on the Floor of the House in 1987 to call for leadership in fighting the AIDS crisis that was tearing our city and the LGBTQ community apart. Last week, when being sworn in as the Speaker of the House, I once again called for action on behalf of the LGBTQ community by making the Equality Act a top priority in the 116th Congress to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans once and for all.

    This year, as we prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, we celebrate the remarkable achievements that our nation has achieved in the fight for equality—from passing historic, fully inclusive hate crimes legislation and sending the hateful “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy into the dustbin of history to ensuring marriage equality for all Americans. Democrats are committed to bold, ambitious action to build on this success and deliver progress for all Americans, regardless of who they are or whom they love. Working together, we will fight the hateful policies of this White House, and dismantle the discrimination that undermines our democracy.

    When people criticize me for my “San Francisco values,” I always tell them: “Listen carefully to what we’re saying, because soon enough, you’ll be saying it too.” Our march toward justice and equality may be long, but it will not be deterred. Together, let us march toward a better, more inclusive future that honors our American ideals of fairness, equality and justice.

    Thank you, once again, for your friendship and for the privilege of serving as your Representative. 

    Happy New Year and best wishes for a successful 2019.

    Nancy