Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall and City Council officially declared June Pride Month during a proclamation read at a meeting Tuesday evening, June 22, in front constituents sporting bright, colorful rainbows and beaming smiles.
The proclamation centered on the city's focus of creating a community that celebrates diversity and strives toward inclusion, while ensuring all feel safe and welcome.
"The Council welcomes and values all of our diverse community members," Stovall read. "The (city) has a diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual/ally community and is committed to supporting visibility, dignity and equity for all people."
Stovall said there is still work to be done to create a truly inclusive city.
"Thank you for coming out to the council meeting, we welcome you all back in the future," Stovall said.
Pride Month is a national celebration throughout June to affirm and increase visibility of LGBTQ+ people. This was the first time the city of Gresham has made such an affirmation.
"Our community is changing — we have been collectively pushing for inclusivity, diversity, equality — creating a safe place for anyone to express themselves," said Council President Eddy Morales, who is the first openly gay councilor in Gresham. "Everyone is welcome in Gresham."
Local businesses and organizations have been leading a concerted effort this month to bring Pride event into East Multnomah County. Sweet Betty's, 543 N.W. 12th St., had a Happy Hour Celebration; and Equinox Tattoo, 121 N. Main Ave., had an event with queer performances, drag, trivia and more.
To stay up-to-date on other Pride events happening this month and throughout the year, or to connect with other LGBTQ+ community members in Gresham, follow Gresham Pride on Facebook or visit greshampride.org
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