Proclamation declaring June as Gay Pride Month in Grants Pass
June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
On June 7, 2023 Grants Pass Mayor Sara Bristol will read a proclamation declaring June as Gay Pride Month in Grants Pass. The request for this proclamation was initiated by resident Mary Middleton and the RCC Rainbow Club located in Grants Pass. The proclamation honors the LGBTQ+ citizens of Grants Pass and the area.
Some know, the first gay pride gathering became history when lesbians, gays, transgender and queer citizens in New York City had had enough of police brutality and prejudice. They simply pushed back, and a riot erupted. Many were injured, arrested, and involved in that event. The following morning LGBTQ+ citizens of Greenwich Village and throughout New York gathered in protest. The gathering continued for days in Christopher Park, New York City, New York, 1969. Christopher Park is now home of the Stonewall National Monument dedicated to the lives of the many citizens who stood up against unfair policies, corruption, and prejudice. It is a national monument and on the list of historic places (created in 2016).
An excerpt from the Biden Administration 2021 Gay Pride Proclamation:
“The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our Nation’s promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all. Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought — and continue to fight — for full equality. Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity. “
Join us as we gather in support of LGBTQ+ citizens of Grants Pass and surrounding area. We invite you to attend with us and grab a rainbow flag to hold/wave in support of the proclamation.