The Durham Board of Selectmen passed a proclamation Tuesday designating June as Gay Pride Month. The motion passed unanimously. The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee was recognized as a supporter of the proclamation.
“The Town of Durham accepts and welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and believes a diverse population leads to a more vibrant community,” the proclamation states. “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities contribute to the cultural, civic and economic successes of the Town of Durham.
“While we as a society at large are slowly embracing new definitions of sexuality and gender we must also acknowledge that the need for education and awareness remains vital to end discrimination and prejudice.”
In the proclamation, First Selectman Laura Francis called on residents to reflect on the “ongoing struggle” members of the LGBTQ community face and to celebrate the contributions that LGBTQ people make in Durham.
The Pride Flag, which represents “light, healing, sun, calmness, art and spirit” will be displayed in front of Town Hall throughout June.
The flag was donated by Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee member Heather Ram.
“I was driving home, thinking about June and the Pride Month and I thought ‘I should just ask our community leaders about hanging this flag,’” Ram said during a recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee meeting. “And immediately, [Laura Francis] said ‘yes.’”
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee will hold a Pride Month celebration on the Durham Town Green Saturday, June 12 at 3 p.m.