|Posted:||June 12, 2017 03:01 PM|
|From:||Senator Sharif Street|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Resolution recognizing June 2017 as PRIDE Month in Pennsylvania.|
|In the near future, I intend to introduce a resolution recognizing June 2017 as LGBT Pride Month in Pennsylvania. I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.
LGBT Pride Month is a national celebration recognizing the remarkable strides made by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community over the last half century. The LGBT community represents a significant number of Pennsylvanians, and these individuals make vital contributions to our society. Their continuing quest for equality echo the principles of fairness and tolerance Pennsylvania was founded upon.
Many critical moments in this community’s history have taken place in Pennsylvania itself. In 1965, supporters of equal rights staged a sit-in at Dewey’s Lunch Counter in Philadelphia, which was refusing to serve anybody who appeared to be a member of the LGBT community. This was one of the first demonstrations to protect the dignity of LGBT people in our nation's history. Also starting in 1965, gay and lesbian protesters marched annually in front of the Liberty Bell to draw attention to the community’s own struggle for liberty and equality. Both events are considered important moments in the history of the LGBT community on their way to achieving full equality.
Pennsylvania’s LGBT community is a vital part of the state, and their quest for equality is deeply rooted with our own state history. Therefore, it is important that the Senate recognize June 2017 as LGBT Pride Month.
Introduced as SR145