Mayor Miner Will Welcome LGBTQ Advocates to City Hall for a Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m.
Miner: Syracuse Will Always Be a Place Where Love Wins
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner will welcome members of the LGTBQ community to city hall in celebration of Pride Month on the forty-eighth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The Mayor will issue a proclamation declaring June 11 through June 17, 2017 “LGBTQ Pride Week” in the city of Syracuse. The Mayor will host a flag raising ceremony on Monday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. where she will present the proclamation and raise the rainbow flag over city hall.
“I have been honored to host members of the LGBTQ community throughout my time in office. We have seen historic achievements in equality and we have celebrated those occasions at Syracuse’s city hall,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “We know that even when our friends and neighbors have faced challenges, we come together as allies and a as community of support for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Syracuse will always be a place where love wins.”
Mayor Miner has been a longstanding supporter of LGBTQ equality. The Mayor has issued proclamations each year of her administration for LGBTQ Pride Week and she served as the grand marshal of the Syracuse Pride Parade in 2010 and 2016. She has fought for the passage of GENDA on the state level and signed into law an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in the city of Syracuse.
The full text of the Mayor’s proclamation is below:
WHEREAS, In June 1969 in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn was raided, and for the first time on record, the patrons fought back; and so for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, the name “Stonewall” signifies a personally empowering event in the worldwide struggle for human rights; and,
WHEREAS, The City of Syracuse has been a leader in the journey toward achieving tolerance, respect, and integration, as evidenced by the passage of the City’s Fair Practice Law in 1990, followed by the County of Onondaga in 1998, and the State of New York in 2002 and we also recognize that this journey is an ongoing process, and that members of our community must strive to protect and expand the rights of all people to fully enfranchise ourselves; and,
WHEREAS, Diversity and integration are America’s hallmarks, and since our nation’s founding, our diversity has been a source of great strength; our nation has realized its greatest potential when people of disparate origins and circumstances united to achieve a just and egalitarian goal, while remaining mindful of and enriched by personal differences; and,
WHEREAS, Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have helped shape every aspect of our society through their many contributions in business, government, science, medicine, technology, education, sports, and the arts; and,
WHEREAS, On the occasion of the anniversary of Stonewall, we honor the many gifts and accomplishments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Syracuse; and as we must strive to eradicate bigotry, discrimination, and injustice toward all groups, we also must celebrate the sublime in ourselves.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor of the City of Syracuse, do hereby proclaim the Eleventh Day of June through the Seventeenth Day of June, Two Thousand Seventeen to be
LGBTQ PRIDE WEEK
In the City of Syracuse
IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hands and caused the Seal of the City of Syracuse to be imprinted this Twelfth Day of June, Two Thousand Seventeen.
Stephanie A. Miner