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San Diego City Council issues 2013 LGBT Pride Proclamation

SAN DIEGO -- This morning, the San Diego City Council proclaimed the month of July 2013 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month in the city. The proclamation was presented as part of this week's San Diego LGBT Pride festivities, which officially begin Friday.

The council has presented a proclamation in honor of the annual San Diego Pride festivities for a number of years, but it wasn't until recent years that the entire council signed on. The proclamation was presented today to members of San Diego Pride's board of directors, staff and volunteer team with little fanfare. Just a few years ago, anti-gay citizens would come out to the proclamation presentation to protest its issuance. That practice has faded away in recent years, and the proclamation presentation today was followed by applause from the audience.

The proclamation was presented by openly gay Council President Todd Gloria and is printed in its entirety below. San Diego Pride festivities kick off this week, and SDGLN has compiled a guide to all of major events that will take place.

Read the full proclamation HERE or below:



Presented by Council President Todd Gloria

WHEREAS, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender San Diegans are commemorating their community's rich history of courage, spirit, achievement, and activism by organizing the 39th annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride celebration, with the theme of "Freedom to Love and Marry” being celebrated on July 12 – 14, 2013; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme of “Freedom to Love and Marry” demonstrates that freedom, love, and commitment are shared values for all Americans no matter their gender or sexual orientation; and

WHEREAS, with the history of our region speaking out against inequality and promoting civil rights, San Diego LGBT Pride shows that courageous communities can come together to overcome injustice and promote equality; and considering how the inaugural parade started as a grassroots, community organized event that included participants who marched with bags over their heads for fear of retribution has now grown into what is the City of San Diego’s largest annual single-day civic event, drawing more than 250,000 exuberant participants to the various Pride events, proves to be a testament to the community’s support of civil rights; and

WHEREAS, this year’s events are held in the month of July and feature a rainbow flag raising ceremony, the Spirit of Stonewall Rally, the Pride Parade, a two-day festival, recycling and community clean up events, arts and culture events and a community block party; and this promises to be the most impactful celebration attracting participants from throughout San Diego County and visitors from every state in the union to San Diego and the world-famous Balboa Park; and

WHEREAS, San Diego LGBT Pride has had a history of bringing a boost to the local economy, with $21 million annually going to local businesses, while at the same time the organization also continues to donate to charitable organizations and has donated more than $1.4 million dollars to local LGBT organizations since 1994; and

WHEREAS, basic civil rights and compassion among humans are inherently American, they are also San Diegan; and just as we respect each member of our community we should also reflect on the great achievements and members of other communities; and the LGBT community is no exception and has made many valuable contributions in business, the arts, the military, volunteerism, leadership, religion, medicine, law, environmental protection, athletics, civil rights, and education; and continues to lead the larger community in addressing and working toward solving the many problems posed by issues such as
the HIV/AIDS pandemic, hate crimes, lack of accessibility for the disabled, and discrimination; and

WHEREAS, San Diego LGBT Pride will honor Cheli Mohammed as Champion of Pride – for her outstanding leadership in the LGBT community; Sean Bohac, Gibran Guido, Hector Martinez, and Jeri Muse as recipients of San Diego LGBT Pride’s Community Service Award for their tireless contributions to our community; David Boies and Ted Olson, and Cindy Green as Friends of Pride for their stalwart support of the LGBT Community; and

WHEREAS, San Diego LGBT Pride is proud to present the Stonewall Service Award to North County LGBTQ Resource Center for its exceptional contributions to serve the LGBTQ community in San Diego’s North County area and; and

WHEREAS, San Diego LGBT Pride will honor George Takei, well-known actor, activist, and social media superstar, along with his husband, Brad, and pop artist and philanthropist La Toya Jackson as Grand Marshals; and

WHEREAS, the Council of the City of San Diego does hereby recognize the many civic contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in San Diego, and encourages all people to sharein the pride of our City’s diverse citizenry by participating in the 39th annual San Diego LGBT Pride Month celebration; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT PROCLAIMED, by the Council of the City of San Diego, that this Council, for and on behalf of the people of San Diego, does hereby proclaim the month of July 2013, to be "LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH" in the City of San Diego.

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