This is the first time the inland North County city has presented such a proclamation.
The City of Escondido proclaimed June 2020 to be Pride Month in the inland North County city on June 3. The proclamation, which was presented to the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, was a first for Escondido.
Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez said she was excited to present the proclamation to the Center, praising the organization's Executive Director Max Disposti and his team for their care and service to the region. The full text of the proclamation is below.
WHEREAS, LGBTQ Pride is defined as the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equal rights, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance; and
WHEREAS, 51 years ago, on June 28, 1969, 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; and
WHEREAS, the City of Escondido stands with the LGBTQ community and supports the rights of every citizen to experience equality and freedom from discrimination; and
WHEREAS, all people regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, or physical challenges have the right to be treated fairly and on the basis of their intrinsic value as human beings; and
WHEREAS, the City of Escondido accepts and welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and believes a diverse population leads to a more vibrant community, which contributes greatly to our neighborhoods, culture, and social fabric of our city.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL McNAMARA, Mayor of the City of Escondido, on behalf of the entire City Council of the City of Escondido, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as PRIDE MONTH, and encourage everyone to celebrate our diverse community, and continue to build a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance for the LGBTQ community.
SIGNED AND SEALED this
Third Day of June,
Two Thousand and Twenty
PAUL McNAMARA, MAYOR
In a Facebook post about the proclamation, some community members called for the raising of the rainbow flag at Escondido City Hall, like other cities in San Diego County have recently done including Encinitas, Oceanside, and La Mesa.
Disposti commented saying that is the plan for next year noting that it's important that cities that fly the flag actually work to change policies and procedures to make the city more welcome to its LGBT employees and citizens.
"We are working on that," Disposti posted. "Proclamations are good but they need to be supported by the work and determination of all. We are set up to do a training for the police, fire and the City of Escondido itself coming up this summer."