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File #: RES 23-880    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/14/2023
Title: Commemorating the 51st Anniversary of Twin Cities Pride.
Sponsors: Mitra Jalali, Chris Tolbert, Amy Brendmoen, Rebecca Noecker, Nelsie Yang, Russel Balenger, Jane L. Prince
Commemorating the 51st Anniversary of Twin Cities Pride.

WHEREAS, the 1969 Stonewall Riots marked a turning point in American history when Black trans women and trans people of color in New York led the fight back against police who arrested LGBTQ people for their sexual orientation and gender expression; and

WHEREAS, this moment launched a resistance centered on the dignity and rights of genderqueer people of color in the face of state violence and disenfranchisement; and

WHEREAS, in 1972 members of the LGBT community gathered in Loring Park in Minneapolis to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, representing the first Twin Cities march for Gay liberation; and

WHEREAS, 51 years later, this small gathering has grown into the Twin Cities Pride Festival as we know it today; and

WHEREAS in 1972 Saint Paul would pass a human rights ordinance ensuring protections for LGBT community members, which was repealed by a public referendum in 1978; and

WHEREAS the Saint Paul City Council would once again successfully pass a human rights ordinance in 1990; and

WHEREAS, members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to face discrimination in significant ways including in health care, housing, and education; and

WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul is committed to protecting our most vulnerable voices so that young, BIPOC, and transgender community members can achieve safety, justice, and acceptance; and

WHEREAS, LGBTQ+ people in our city and country have achieved significant milestones, ensuring that future generations of LGBTQ+ people will enjoy a more equitable and just society; and

WHEREAS, despite being marginalized throughout the history of the United States, the LGBTQ+ community continues to celebrate their identities, love, and contributions in various expressions of pride;

WHEREAS, in 2013, Minnesotans, legislators, and Governor Dayton passed same-sex marriage, allowing our neighbors, friends, and family the most fundamental human right to be written...

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