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McAuliffe first Virginia governor to proclaim June LGBT Pride month

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RICHMOND, Va.  — Governor Terry McAuliffe became the first Virginia Governor to proclaim June as LGBT Pride month in the commonwealth.

June eventually became the month of national gay pride celebrations after the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. A march was organized the following year to commemorate the demonstrations that arose out of police raids of gay clubs. From there activist Brenda Howard suggested a week-long series of events around pride day, and that concept spread around the world.

On Tuesday, Gov. McAuliffe hosted a small reception at the executive mansion. The organization Equality Virginia was invited and presented with the proclamation.


“By signing a proclamation recognizing June as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride month, Governor McAuliffe has taken yet another step in support of an inclusive and welcoming commonwealth,” said Equality Virginia executive director James Parrish.  “Since his inauguration in January, he has supported Attorney General Herring in his decision not to defend Virginia’s ban on marriage, and signed Executive Order Number 1 to protect Virginia’s LGBT state employees from discrimination.”

“There is still a lot of work to do until LGBT Virginians are treated equally under the law, and Equality Virginia is grateful to have such a strong ally in Governor McAuliffe,” Parrish added.

Below is the full text:

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 2014 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.


  • Robbie

    That’s why I voted for him. Yes sir ree! That was surely one of the main things I wanted to see done. Now if he will make July dog dung month that will complete my wish list.

  • B Addy

    This guy is a carbon copy of the pitiful joke we have masquerading as potus. Photo op photo op photo op. Sickening watching this carpetbagger pander.

  • Sparkle

    Hate all you’d like, ‘phobes, but this is a fabulous step toward equality for all. It’s not all glitter and rainbows yet, but the time is coming. You better prepare yourselves for the parade of unicorns and drag queens dancing to Madonna that we’re planning to commemorate the day!

  • Becky

    Would be interesting to know how much LGBT poured into McAuliffe’s campaign cycle as a
    Party Tax Exempt that the l US IRS Tax Codes forbids to engage in “Politics”.
    Tax Exempt/Non Profit Planned Parenthood spent $13 Million just in Virginia.

  • Jay

    Glad to see we are keeping up with the 21st century. Too many bigots would prefer we turn the clocks back. This is why we voted him into office. The “right” just don’t get it.

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