LGBTQ State Leaders Announce First Annual Statewide “LGBT Pride Month” in California
In Commemoration of 50 Years Since Stonewall Riots, LGBTQ State Leaders Declare June as “LGBT Pride Month”
SACRAMENTO, CA – For the first time under state statute, California has proclaimed June 2019 its first annual statewide “LGBT Pride Month.” At a press conference held today, California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), chair and vice chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, joined LGBTQ state leaders to officially kick-off “LGBT Pride Month” in the State of California.
“California has always been at the forefront in the fight for equality in our nation,” said Senator Scott Wiener, chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. “With this proclamation, we continue that leadership and guarantee that our history is never forgotten.”
“This marks a historic day in California as we begin the now legally-required annual tradition of proclaiming June as ‘LGBT Pride Month’ in California,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria, vice chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. “As much as this proclamation represents history, it also represents visibility. While President Trump and his administration systematically attempt to roll back LGBT rights and protections, we in California will be a rainbow beacon of hope for the nation. We will stand up, be out, and be proud of who we are.”
Until last year, California had not formally recognized “LGBT Pride Month” in state statute. After President Trump refused to proclaim “LGBT Pride Month” last year, then-Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2969 (Low), which requires the Governor to proclaim June as “LGBT Pride Month” annually. Governor Gavin Newsom issued the proclamation earlier today.
June holds historic significance for the LGBT community. In 1969, the Stonewall Riots occurred in the New York City as a protest to the police department’s unfair targeting the LGBT community. The Stonewall Riots led to political organizing that is considered to be the beginning of the modern LGBT civil rights movement. The following year, the first LGBT Pride Parade was held in New York City on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Today, California has the largest LGBT population in the nation and is home to over forty LGBT Pride celebrations.
Today’s press conference took place in Capitol Mall outside the California State Capitol. Also present was California State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, California State Assemblymember Evan Low (D-San Jose), Tami Martin representing Equality California, and Tre Borden, an art consultant for the Colors of Progress Art Exhibit currently being featured in Capitol Mall.