Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month


WHEREAS, the June 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City precipitated the modern fight for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights; and

WHEREAS, more LGBT Virginians are living their lives openly today than ever before; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth celebrates its diverse LGBT community, and is committed to ensuring equality for all Virginians; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is dedicated to fostering acceptance and preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; and

WHEREAS, the people of Virginia’s LGBT community are a vital part of all fields and professions and contribute to a stronger Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth and its economy are more prosperous when the civil rights of all people are equal;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 2015 as LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.