Governor Terry McAuliffe once again honored June as LGBT Pride month across the Commonwealth last night.
In 2014, McAuliffe became the first standing Virginia Governor to honor the event which remembers the struggle the LGBTQ community has faced as it works towards boarder acceptance.
“Virginia is a welcoming place for all, no matter whom you love,” wrote McAuliffe in a twitter post along with the photo seen at the top of this post. “Cheers & happy #PrideMonth from the Gov’s Mansion!”
In a private ceremony which did not allow press access, McAuliffe released the following proclamation:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month 2016
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 2016 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.