BUCKHANNON — On Friday, Mayor Robbie Skinner welcomed members of the community into City Council Chambers to declare the month of June as “Pride Month” in Buckhannon.
Mayor Skinner explained, “The events that unfolded in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City, began a movement that would change the social justice landscape in America, and around the world. June 28, 2021, marks the 52nd anniversary of the beginning of the Stonewall uprising in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, and consequently, also the 52nd anniversary of the birth of the LGBTQ movement. The month of June is therefore recognized each year as “Pride Month.”
As the world and human rights issues continue to change, the City of Buckhannon emphasizes their support and acceptance of humans of all sexual orientations, races and backgrounds alike. As support and awareness for the LGBTQ+ community continues to grow, Census.gov data shows that there are over 543,000 same-sex married couple households in the US—191,000 of which have children. The time for acceptance is now, as the LGBTQ+ community continues to establish their social, political and economic rights in 2021.
On May 2, 2013, the Buckhannon City Council adopted a resolution, promising the City of Buckhannon’s government would not discriminate against citizens or employees on the basis of their sexual orientation. Mayor Skinner added, “The fabric of our community is strengthened by the values of inclusion, justice, diversity, acceptance, love and kindness, not only during this month of remembrance, patronage, and recognition, but throughout each month and year. “Pride Month” affirms that members of the LGBTQ community should be celebrated for who they are and take pride in their identities and the value they bring to our community, and beyond.”