RICHMOND, Va. (5/24/13) — The Richmond City Council will declare June as LGBT Pride month during the council meeting Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m.
LGBT Pride Month was first recognized nationally by President Bill Clinton in June 2000, commemorating the Stonewall riots of June 1969.
In a press release by the Richmond City Council, Councilman Charles Samuels, 2nd District responded to his support for the recognition.
“I am proud to sponsor the Richmond City Council Official Proclamation establishing the month of June as Richmond Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month for the third year in a row,” said Samuels.
Leaders from the LGBT community of Richmond will receive the recognition Tuesday evening, and the public is free to attend.
“We should all take pride in our city government working with the LGBT community to make Richmond a better place to live,” said Bill Harrison, president of the Richmond Gay Community Foundation in the Richmond City Council press release. “Recognizing the entire spectrum of the city’s diversity will help us continue to move forward.”
City Hall is at 900 E. Broad St. There will be a public reception at Gibson’s Grill following the proclamation at 700 E. Broad St.
Maya Earls and is a second-year journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born in Los Angeles, and moved to Richmond in 2000. Her first journalism experience was managing social media for the Rock4Life benefit concert.She enjoys exploring Richmond on her bike and finding good views of the river. Her favorite past-time is watching people dance in their cars from her apartment window.