StoryAcknowledging the contributions the LGBTQ community brings to King County and recognizing the ongoing quest for equality under the law, the Metropolitan King County Council today declared June Gay Pride Month.
“Gay Pride Month serves as an opportunity for us to reflect on our past and recommit ourselves to the fight for full equality under the law,” said Councilmember Joe McDermott who sponsored the legislation. McDermott is the first openly gay King County Councilmember. “I am proud of King County’s record of supporting the LGBTQ community.”
“Today’s recognition is a continuing reminder that the LGBTQ community is a vibrant and vital part of the fabric of King County,” said Council Chair Larry Gossett. “The recognition is also a reminder that the struggle for equality is ongoing—even in a community as open and progressive as King County.”
“This year, the LGBTQ community and their supporters have more to celebrate and more to defend with the passage of marriage equality in Washington,” said Councilmember Larry Phillips. “I look forward to celebrating diversity and equality during Gay Pride Month, and working to protect and advance the rights of gay residents in King County.”
“I am proud to be part of a government that is committed to ensuring equality for all residents regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Councilmember Bob Ferguson. “We must continue to stand up and recognize that no matter who you are and who you love, you deserve to be treated equally in our community.”
King County and the County Council have worked to end discrimination against sexual minorities. This year the County supported marriage equality legislation in Olympia. In 2008, the Council sent an amendment to the King County Charter adding gender identity and expression to the anti-discrimination section to voters, who approved it with a 71 percent yes vote.
Gay Pride Month is celebrated in June in recognition of the June 1968 Stonewall Riots in New York, considered the start of the modern movement for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer citizens. Seattle will celebrate its 38th Gay Pride Parade on June 24.
WHEREAS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals have made meaningful contributions to work and life in King County; and
WHEREAS, the modern fight for LGBTQ equal rights began with the Stonewall Riots in New York in June of 1969; and
WHEREAS, the King County Council supported the efforts to secure marriage equality at the Washington State Legislature; and
WHEREAS, the King County Council unanimously adopted, and the voters approved, adding gender identity and expression to the anti-discrimination section of the King County Charter in 2008; and
WHEREAS, the fight for equality and dignity for all individuals under the law continues; and
WHEREAS, Seattle’s 38th annual Pride Parade is being held on Sunday, June 24, 2012; and
NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Metropolitan King County Council, proclaim June 2012 as
GAY PRIDE MONTH
in King County and call on all county residents to celebrate the region’s diversity.
DATED this fourth day of June, 2012.