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WHEREAS, the fight for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected in the unwavering dedication of those who work to build a more inclusive society; and

WHEREAS, June 1969 was a turning point in the.fight for equality, the LGBT community rose up during the Stonewall Riots in New York City to resist harassment which precipitated the modern fight for LGBT rights; and

WHEREAS, LGBT pride celebrations take place across the country every June to commemorate the beginning of the Stonewall Riots, and throughout the month memorials are also held to honor and remember those who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS; and

WHEREAS, Nevada is committed to diversity and preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the LGBT community has the right to f eel safe and not live in f ear, and is an important part of the Nevada family; and

WHEREAS, the Silver State is committed to equality, and in 2011 legislation was signed to prohibit  discrimination in areas of employment, housing and public accommodation on the basis of gender identity or expression, and in 2013 Senate Bill 139 added "gender identity or expression" to Nevada's hate crime law; and

WHEREAS, during the 79th session of the Nevada Legislature in 2017, Assembly Bill 99 and Senate Bill 188 were signed and these measures provide protections for children who are LGBT and who are placed in a child welfare or juvenile detention facility, and SB 188 adds "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression" throughout the rest of the Nevada Statutes, alongside race, religion, sex, age, disability or nationality; and

WHEREAS, June is an opportunity to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on our state and nation, and a time to reflect on the progress that has been made, while focusing on the steps that can still be taken to eliminate prejudice, celebrate diversity and create a more inclusive society for all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  June 2017 as

 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Scott Anderson