WHEREAS, the struggle for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) people is reflected in the tireless dedication of advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society; and
WHEREAS, President Bill Clinton, on June 2, 2000, declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Lower Manhattan and on June 1, 2009, President Barack Obama expanded the commemoration further by declaring June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month; and
WHEREAS, LGBTQ+ Americans, including those who live in our local communities, face discrimination simply for being who they are and for who they love and there remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every person; and
WHEREAS, Though advancements have been made toward equitable treatment, rights, and protections for LGBTQ+ people throughout the nation and around the world, it is important for cities like Greenfield to stand up and show support for those affected; and
WHEREAS, the landmark Supreme Court decision of 2015 guaranteeing marriage equality in all 50 States was a historic victory for LGBTQ+ Americans and continues to affirm our belief that we are all more free when we are treated as equals; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that on this 11th day of June, 2021, I, Roxann Wedegartner, the Mayor of Greenfield does hereby proclaim June 2021 as Pride Month in the City of Greenfield; and encourages all community residents to eliminate prejudice wherever it exists and to celebrate our great diversity by taking part in community events throughout June which focus on and celebrate our LGBTQ+ neighbors.