Minneapolis declares June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges today approved a resolution declaring June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month in Minneapolis. The declaration coincides with the LGBT Pride celebration, which is held in June and is the largest outdoor festival in the city. The resolution was authored by all 13 City Council members and approved unanimously.

The City of Minneapolis has a long history of supporting LGBT rights. Today’s resolution notes that Minneapolis was the first city in Minnesota to prohibit discrimination of on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Minneapolis was also the first city in the state to create a domestic partner registry, back in 1991. It was also a vocal proponent of the marriage equality statute passed in 2013 by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by the governor.

In 2014, Minneapolis was part of a partnership with the Minneapolis School District and numerous organizations that successfully advocated at the state capitol for passage of the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, which focuses on bullying prevention in Minnesota schools.

 

Published May 23, 2014