Tavares To Introduce Legislation To Make June "Pride Month"
Bill is an expression of solidarity with LGBT community in Orlando and Ohio

Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) announced she will soon reintroduce legislation that would designate June as “Pride Month” in Ohio in honor of the LGBTQ community. Senator Tavares made the announcement in light of the tragic massacre in Orlando, Florida, where a terrorist killed 49 people and injured 53 others after opening fire inside of a popular gay nightclub. 

“I would like to offer my condolences to the families of those who were killed or injured in the horrific tragedy in Orlando,” Senator Tavares stated. “Now is the time to stand in solidarity with the members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando, here in Ohio, and across the country. We must send a message that we are proud of all of our residents regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. We must take a stand as a state and as a nation to stop acts of violence and repression against the LGBTQ community.”

June has historically been recognized as pride month for the LGBTQ community in commemoration of the Stonewall Inn incident of June of 1969, which is widely considered to be the start of the gay rights movement in the United States. June is also the month when the Supreme Court overturned California’s Prop 8 ban on same sex marriage in 2013 and when the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in 2015 with the Obergfell v. Hodges decision. President Obama issued a proclamation declaring June to be LGBTQ Pride month at the end of last month.

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