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Proclamation Designating June as Gay Pride Month
Whereas, the City of Ypsilanti supports the rights of every citizen to experienceequality and freedom from discrimination; and
Whereas, all people regardless of age, gender identity, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenges have the right to be treated on the basis of their intrinsic value as human beings; and
Whereas, in support of the city’s commitment the “Non-discrimination Ordinance” was approved by City Council, originally on December 16, 1997, and most recently amended on January 24, 2017, making these rights the law of the city; and
Whereas, the City of Ypsilanti accepts and welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and believes a diverse population leads to a more vibrant community; and
Whereas, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities contribute to the cultural, civic and economic successes of the City of Ypsilanti; and
Whereas, while we as a society at large are slowly embracing new definitions of sexuality and gender we must also acknowledge that the need for education and awareness remains vital to end discrimination and prejudice; and
Whereas, to acknowledge the efforts to bring awareness to the continuing evolution to the Gay Pride movement, the City of Ypsilanti will display the Rainbow Flag, representing light, healing, sun, calmness, art and spirit, in Council Chambers.
Now, therefore, be it resolved, I, Mayor Beth Bashert and the members of the Ypsilanti City Council hereby proclaim June 2019 as Gay Pride Month in Ypsilanti, Michigan and encourage our residents to reflect on the ongoing struggle for equality members of the LGBTQ community face and celebrate the contributions that enhance our city.
Given by my hand and seal of the
City of Ypsilanti this 26th day of April 2019
Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti