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LGBT Pride Month in Virginia for First Time

McAuliffe proclamation is a first. "We're getting the ball rolling towards equality," spokesman tells press.

For the first time, a Virginia governor has proclaimed June LGBT Pride Month in Virginia.

Each June, Pride Month recognizes advances in the gay-rights movement and work towards equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe reportedly presented the Pride Month proclamation at a reception Tuesday.

Noting the need for acceptance and preventing discrimination, the text of the proclamation notes, "the Commonwealth celebrates its diverse LGBT community, and is committed to ensuring equality for all Virginians."

Equality Virginia executive director James Parrish told CBS 6 that the governor's Pride Month proclamation was, "yet another step in support of an inclusive and welcoming commonwealth."

The Washington Post notes that McAuliffe signed an executive order in January that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “We’re getting the ball rolling towards equality,” McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy told the paper.
Steve Wright June 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Catherine, you can continue to think what you wish, but facts are if someone is "gay" and not employed for those reasons, that is the employers right to decide who he/she wants working in their environment. No different than setting standards for who you choose to hire. You should not be given preference to hire just because you are a member of a particular ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Contrary to Liberal beliefs, you do NOT have the right to work at a particular company / firm/ location. Marriage is a State right, period. States can deny anyone a marriage license for a flotilla of reasons. States were designed to attract a certain demographic as per the founding fathers plan. If you don't like it in one State, move to one that favors your preferences. What needs to cease, is forcing the will of the Minority on the Majority and this nonsense of "dictators" such as Obama and McAwful. We are a conglomerate of States where the Will of the Majority rules. Many states have Gay Marriage laws because the people in the majority voted for it, other States, such as Virginia have said "no". Its called Democracy. Again, stop forcing your beliefs on the majority.
DRB June 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Steve I believe only 3 states have approved gay marriage by vote. The other 16 or so have had it forced on them. The right of association seems to be escaping the typical Liberal or as it is sometimes known as "free association". Just as a gay employer would not hire a person that advocates for non-gay marriage. It is that person's right to hire what they believe in and would best represent their business. As for the marriage issue all people are allowed to marry. The rules of marriage are that you be of a certain age, that you marry only one person and that it be of the opposite human gender. I do not hear the outcry for bestiality, polygamy or pedophilia. These other lifestyle choices are after all the same as homosexuality. The arguments for homosexuality to make it a social norm is the exact same as bestiality, polygamy and pedophilia. Why is it the Left so bigoted toward these people?
peachykeen2622 June 21, 2014 at 04:39 PM
I wonder when this Governor will do something positive for all Virginians. All I've seen him do so far is political activism, i.e., this parade and wanting all of us to pay more taxes for Medicaid. Will he also ignore Virginia when he once again becomes a Clinton fundraiser? So sad.
Alicia Knight June 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM
I am proud of Gov. McAuliffe for this proclamation. I am shocked that this is the first time we've ever had an official proclamation for Pride Month. Promoting diversity and equality benefits all Virginians -- even those who don't yet understand how these values are universal and beneficial to everyone. Inclusion is better than exclusion. Love always wins.
Steve Wright June 24, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Alicia: I respect your opinion, but why should any group receive special recognition if we are bent on equality? Why not "Straight" month or "White History" Month? "Jewish" month? "Obesity Pride"? Get my point?

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