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City of Encinitas raises Pride flag over city hall for second year in a row

City of Encinitas raises Pride flag over city hall for second year in a row

For the second year in a row, the City of Encinitas raised a rainbow flag above their city hall on Tuesday to honor LGBTQ Pride Month. Encinitas, located in the northern coastal section of San Diego County, was the first city in the county to raise a rainbow flag over their city hall in 2019.

The city also issued a proclamation at its Wednesday, June 10 meeting declaring June to be Pride Month in Encinitas.

"For the second year, I am extremely proud that the City of Encinitas is celebrating Pride month by raising the rainbow flag at our city hall and issuing a proclamation declaring June as Pride month in the City of Encinitas," said openly gay city councilmember Joe Mosca. "It is so important, especially at this moment in time, to recognize our past achievements and focus on the changes that we want and need to happen in the future so that we realize our vision of equality for all."

The full text of the City of Encinitas' Pride Month proclamation is below.

As we celebrate and declare June as Pride month in Encinitas, we are reminded that this June we stand with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in our own City as they declare their own Pride in who they are and who they love. 
 
WHEREAS, as the City of Encinitas has a diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community and it is committed to supporting visibility, dignity, and equality for all people in the community; and 
 
WHEREAS, many of the residents, students, employees, and business owners within the City of Encinitas, who contribute greatly to the enrichment of our City, are a part of the LGBTQ community; and 
 
WHEREAS, though there has been remarkable progress towards equality in recent years, members of the LGBTQ community in the United States and around the world still face an unacceptable level of discrimination and violence; and, therefore, it is important for cities, such as City of Encinitas, to stand up and show support for those affected; and 
 
WHEREAS, our nation was founded on the principle of equal rights for all people, but the fulfillment of this promise has been long in coming for many Americans; and 
 
WHEREAS, some of the most inspiring moments in our history have arisen from civil rights movements that have sought to bring marginalized communities to the mainstream of American society; and 
 
WHEREAS, on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a courageous group of citizens rose up against harassment and mistreatment, setting in motion a chain of events that would become known as the Stonewall Riots and the birth of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement; and 
 
WHEREAS, LGBTQ pride celebrations have taken place around the country every June to commemorate this historic turning point in our civil rights history when citizens fought against discriminatory criminal laws that have since been declared unconstitutional. 
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Catherine Blakespear, Mayor of the City of Encinitas, and the City Council of the City of Encinitas, on behalf of all residents of the City of Encinitas, do hereby proclaim the month of June as LGBTQ Pride Month in the City of Encinitas, and invite everyone to respect, honor, and celebrate our diverse community and to continue building a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. 
 
Dated this 10th day of June, 2020