In honor of Pride Month, the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride, will be flown at Scottsdale City Hall during the week of June 7.
Pride Month is celebrated annually throughout June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (one’s sexual or gender identity) Americans.
“In Scottsdale you can be yourself, without the fear of hate and persecution,” Mayor David Ortega stated in the release.
Pride Month acknowledges those who paved the way in fighting for equal rights. Commemorations like these provide connection and a sense of community, validation and acceptance. Mayor Ortega issued a proclamation to recognize June as Pride Month, which he will read at the beginning of the June 7 council meeting.
“The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to celebrate Pride Month and the many employees, residents and visitors in the LGBTQIA+ community,” diversity program director Jackie Johnson stated in the release. “It is important to respect, support and learn from all people. Scottsdale’s anti-discrimination ordinance sends a clear message that we protect the rights of all people and being your true self should never impact the way you are treated.”
On April 20, the Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
The ordinance was adopted on May 20 and represents the city of Scottsdale’s commitment to anti-discrimination and fair treatment of residents, visitors and employees in the Scottsdale community, and the city council’s support and value for diversity and inclusiveness.
“Scottsdale is a community for all people,” the release stated. “We encourage city residents to share the ways you are celebrating Pride Month using #ScottsdaleForAll.”
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