The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges approved a resolution declaring June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
The resolution, authored by all 13 City Council members, was approved unanimously. The declaration coincides with the LGBT Pride celebration in June, the largest outdoor festival in the city.
“Pride month has always been a big deal in Minneapolis, but this year, it’s really a cause for celebration as we see states across the country making great strides in LGBT rights,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “I’m proud of the role Minneapolis and Minnesota have played in pushing for equal rights for many years, and I’m excited to celebrate the diversity and growing equality that make our community stronger.”
“From laws allowing same sex marriage, to passage of the Safe and Supportive School Act, the State of Minnesota and the City have made great strides in the past year with LGBT rights,” said City Council Member John Quincy. “It is time to celebrate those successes.”
The City of Minneapolis has a long history of supporting LGBT rights. Today’s resolution notes that Minneapolis was the first city in Minnesota to prohibit discrimination of on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Minneapolis was also the first city in the state to create a domestic partner registry, back in 1991. It was also a vocal proponent of the marriage equality statute passed in 2013 by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by the governor.
In 2014, Minneapolis was part of a partnership with the Minneapolis School District and numerous organizations that successfully advocated at the state capitol for passage of the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, which focuses on bullying prevention in Minnesota schools.