All about the new resolution that recognizes June as Pride Month for the LGBTQ community
June was officially declared “Pride Month” in Miami-Dade County, as a result of a resolution passed by the Board of County Commissioners. The resolution was sponsored by District 8 Commissioner Levine Cava, who is now leading the effort to recognize the accomplishments, struggles, and hopes of the LGBTQ community in Miami-Dade.
Pride Month is known nationally as a time of celebration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community members. The celebration dates back to June 1969, when the Stonewall Riots occurred. These protests were a result of a police raid into a gay bar in New York City called the Stonewall Inn.
The Stonewall Riots were the pivoting point for the LGBTQ civil rights movement, a movement which has faced obstacles being accepted in society as well as gaining legal protection of rights for LGBTQ individuals.
Thus, Commissioner Levine Cava’s resolution “recognizes and celebrates the Month of June 2020, and the Month of June each year thereafter, as LGBTQ Pride Month in Miami-Dade County.”
Of the resolution, Commissioner Levine Cava says, “I am honored to sponsor this resolution in celebration of Pride Month, as well as to support policies that protect and uplift the LGBTQ community.”
The resolution comes after the recent 6-3 Supreme Court decision which ruled that it is a Title VII violation of the Civil Rights Act for an employer to fire a worker for being gay or transgender. The Civil Rights Act also protects people from employer sex discrimination and discrimination of race, color, religion, or national origin.
According to Commissioner Levine Cava, the Board of County Commissioners “are proud of the vibrant and diverse LGBTQ community which has contributed invaluably to the social, cultural, and economic life of our county.”