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Jun 09

A Proclamation Recognizing and Celebrating June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Posted on June 9, 2023 at 9:56 AM by James Guirguis

WHEREAS, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities of Park Forest and the entire southland are vitally important to community and the region; and 

WHEREAS, today, the rights of LGBTQ Americans are under relentless attack.  — especially people of color and trans people — continue to face discrimination and cruel, persistent efforts to undermine their human rights. The LGBTQ community has and continue to work and working tirelessly for respect, equality and their right to exist; and 

WHEREAS, the Village of Park Forest recognizes, and is committed to protecting, the civil rights of all people. The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations was established, in part, to celebrate and support the Village’s diverse citizenry through events and collaborations; and

WHEREAS, this year will mark the 3rd year of many, LGBTQ collaborations with local residents and staff, on Saturday, June 10, 6-9pm in the DownTown (Main Street & Cunningham) we will celebrate LGBTQ, and 

WHEREAS, the Village of Park Forest is made up of a diverse population with there being an appreciation of all residents regardless of age, ethnicity, religious affiliation or sexual orientation; and 

WHEREAS, a number of Park Forest residents identify themselves specifically as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer citizens; and 

WHEREAS, there are individuals of various races and ethnicities who identify with such personal identifications who are represented in virtually all professions and all walks of life; and 

WHEREAS, the month of June has traditionally been set aside by citizen groups and governments across the United States as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Mayor and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Park Forest, Cook and Will Counties, Illinois that June 2023 be celebrated and recognized as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month, Park Forest residents are encouraged to seek a better understanding of these individuals and actively promote human dignity and equality for all people. 


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