Below is the text from Richmond City Council’s Richmond Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Day:
Richmond City Council
Richmond Official Proclamation
Richmond Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Day
September 28, 2013
Whereas, The Honorable Members of Richmond City Council, the governing body of Richmond, Virginia, in the United States of America, do hereby unite in solidarity and common purpose to recognize, honor and celebrate the diversity, shared humanity and civil rights of our entire community and all its residents; and
Whereas, As each of us were born into the world the way we are and should be able to live without the fear of prejudice, discrimination, violence or hatred based on our gender identity or sexual orientation; and
Whereas, The Richmond community includes people of all ages and races who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer and each of us should have the same equal rights, benefits and responsibilities that are shared and enjoyed by all; and
Whereas, Embracing and celebrating our individual identities and commonalities as Americans helps to further bring people together and drive the development and progress of society; and
Whereas, The history of the world has shown that continued human progress has been built on a foundation of inclusiveness and acceptance; and
Whereas, Embracing our differences helps to fulfill the principals and creed written into the founding documents of our great Nation, in that our individual destinies and that of our families and communities include not only the aspiration of our federal constitutional republic but the actuation of unalienable rights for all our residents in realizing the fulfillment of its promise;
Now, Therefore, Richmond City Council does herby officially proclaim September 28, 2013 as Richmond Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Day and brings this to the attention of all our residents so that we may join together in honoring the diversity and strength of our thriving community.
In Witness Whereof, we have hereunto given under our hands and presented this twenty-eight day of September, two thousand thirteen, of the Common Era, in the two hundred thirty-first year of the City of Richmond, in the two hundred thirty-eighth year of the Commonwealth of Virginia and United States of America.