This past Monday, I introduced and read the following resolution in recognition of Pride Month on behalf of the Plainfield City Council, and I want to publicly thank our Municipal Clerk, AJ, for researching and drafting the resolution! (Cross-posted on "Confessions" blog)
My own life has been informed and influenced by many thinkers, both LGBT and non-LGBT--in honor of Pride Month, I am including photographs of many of those LGBT individuals--some of whom were unable to live openly as LGBT folks--we should honor them, still.
COUNCILMANIC RESOLUTION IN RECOGNITION OF
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH 2011Introduced by Councilwoman Rebecca L. Williams:
WHEREAS, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of our great city of Plainfield and of American society at large; and
WHEREAS, as long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are negatively affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit; and
|Paula Gunn Allen|
WHEREAS, many challenges still lie before us. As we have witnessed from recent acts of “ugly free speech” within this Plainfield Community, prejudice against those who identify as LGBT can still erupt into acts of hatred and violence; and
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Governing Body of the City of Plainfield does hereby call upon its residents, employees and elected officials to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and does further encourage all to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that celebrate our diversity and recognize LGBT Americans whose many and varied contributions have enriched our civic life in Plainfield and our national life.
As adopted by the unanimous Municipal Council of the City of Plainfield
this 20 JUNE 2011
|Marlon Riggs and Essex Hemphill|
P.S. Um...I think Peppermint Patty is saying...
"Happy Pride, Marcie!"