In honor of the upcoming South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival, the city presented the first proclamation of this kind.
At yesterday’s meeting of the Chula Vista Council, city officials presented a proclamation declaring Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, to be LGBTQ Day in the city. The date coincides with the annual South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival which will be held at Chula Vista’s Bayside Park.
This was the first time that Chula Vista, the second largest city in San Diego County, has approved a proclamation to declare an LGBTQ Day in the fast-growing city.
The proclamation, signed by Mayor Mary Salas, was co-presented by Chula Vista Councilmember Stephen C. Padilla, who represents the city’s 3rd council district. Padilla, who previously served as Mayor of Chula Vista, is noted for being the first openly LGBT person to serve or be elected to office in that city. He was also the first person of color ever elected to city office in Chula Vista history.
On its website, the City of Chula Vista does have a list of LGBTQ Community Resources, including three staff members who serve as LGBTQ Community Liaisons.
Present at the council meeting to receive the proclamation were Joe Burke, Dae Elliott, and Patricia Bowman of the South Bay Alliance, the organization that produces South Bay Pride. South Bay community leaders Marci Bair, and William Felix were also present. Cara Dessert, the new CEO of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, also came to show her organization’s support along with a team of Center staff.
South Bay Pride began in 2007 as a smaller community picnic called “Gay Day in South Bay” and has since grown to a much larger venue and encompasses many elements of other Pride festivals including entertainment, information booths, food, beverage gardens, and more. More information about South Bay Pride is here.
The full text of the Chula Vista City Council proclamation is below.
PROCLAIMING SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 ASLGBTQ DAY IN THE CITY OF CHULA VISTA
WHEREAS, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people have and continue to struggle for equal civil rights, with much of that struggle happening in local communities; and
WHEREAS, over the past decade, we have seen tremendous gains in LGBTQ civil rights including, but not limited to the right to marry, to adopt children, and to serve our country in the military; and
WHEREAS, we recognize that all struggles for civil rights are instrumental in maintaining and furthering our democratic principles as a nation that pursues the ideal of equal civil rights; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chula Vista recognizes the value and contributions of our LGBTQ community towards helping us embrace our diversity; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chula Vista celebrates our diverse community as our strength in facing the future and all that it holds. It is our very core of who we are; andWHEREAS, Chula Vista will celebrate South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival on September 8, 2018 at Bayside Park beginning at noon.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARY CASILLAS SALAS, 40th Mayor of the City of Chula Vista, together with the City Council, do hereby proclaim SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 AS LGBTQ DAY in the City of Chula Vista in recognition of South Bay Pride and our LGBTQ residents for their contributions to making us a better community.