Whereas the path towards LGBTQ+ equality and liberation has been paved by courageous persons who have fought for the right to love and be loved, and their positive societal contributions of advancing areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, and respect deserve recognition; and
Whereas LGBTQ+ History Month celebrates and commemorates those who fought for equal rights and services for the LGBTQ+ community; and is a means of educating others, promoting a culture of acceptance and inclusivity, and advancing equality for all; and
Whereas the City of Pasadena is proud of its diverse community; committed to equality for individuals of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions; and engages with community partners to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families to receive culturally sensitive services; and
Whereas the City’s Public Library, Public Health, and Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Departments plan and host the annual National Coming Out Day Celebration on October 11, which celebrates individuals and families in the greater Pasadena area that identify as or live with someone LGBTQ+; and
Whereas today Pasadena endeavors to eliminate prejudice wherever it exists, recognize the multitude of identities that make each of us unique individuals, and envision a safe, inclusive world that allows all members of society to live openly and truthfully;
Now, Therefore I, Victor M. Gordo, Mayor of the City of Pasadena, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of October, 2021 in Pasadena as LGBTQ+ History Month.