Tuesday, June 2, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation designating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.
Representatives from LGBT organizations across Northern Virginia joined members of the NOVA Pride board as we accepted the proclamation from Chairman Sharon Bulova, Supervisor John Foust, who requeted this proclamation for the second year in a row, and the rest of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The meeting was at 9:30 a.m. in the board auditorium of Fairfax County Government Center.
The Proclamation Reads:
WHEREAS, the Stonewall Riots began in New York on June 28, 1969, and are regarded as a catalyst for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender – also known as LGBT – movement for civil rights in the United States; and
WHEREAS, June is celebrated as LGBT Pride Month nationwide; and
WHEREAS, Fairfax County has a diverse LGBT community that includes people of all ethnicities, religions and professions; and
WHEREAS, everyone should be able to live without fear of prejudice, discrimination, violence or hatred based on gender identity or sexual orientation; NOW THEREFORE
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all residents of Fairfax County, does hereby proclaim June 2014 as
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month
in Fairfax County and urges all residents to respect and honor our diverse community and celebrate and build a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance
NOVA Pride President and Executive Director Brian Reach was invited to make a statement on behalf of the LGBT community, and accept the proclamation:
"Chairman Bulova and members of the Board of Supervisors, on behalf of the LGBT community of Northern Virginia, thank you for this recognition. Northern Virginia Pride has spent the past three years engaging local businesses, encouraging collaboration between regional LGBT organizations, and engaging the LGBT residents of Northern Virginia and their straight allies, and this fall we have the pleasure of hosting the first annual Northern Virginia Pride Festival here in Fairfax County. Our mission is not only to advance the march towards full equality, in Northern Virginia, the entire Commonwealth, and nationwide; but also to promote Northern Virginia as a place where LGBT individuals are already welcomed and affirmed as valued members of the community, by their neighbors and elected officials alike. This proclamation serves both purposes, by not only making this historic gesture to the LGBT community, but also by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to inclusion and equality that I, as a lifelong resident of Fairfax County, have consistently witnessed. Thank you."
NOVA Pride would like to thank Chairman Bulova for her ongoing support of our community, Supervisor Foust for again requesting this proclamation, and the entire Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for their support. All Supervisors present during the vote supported the proclamation. We're starting to amass a small collection in the NOVA Pride Office!
NOVA Pride encourages all local counties and ordinances to make similar proclamations, and is proud to announce that many have already put them in motion. More to come!