WEST CHESTER, PA — The Pride flag Chester County commissioners raised in front of the Justice Center in West Chester on Tuesday will fly for the rest of the month, in recognition of LGBTQ rights.
A proclamation accepted at the Commissioners’ June 8 Sunshine Meeting acknowledged the contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer members of the community, and recognized June as Pride month because of the historic 1969 Stonewall Inn resistance to discrimination.
It was accepted by Dawn Pratt, Vice President of the LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County.
Chester County HR Director Tiffany Sowers and Kim Bydlon, a member of the Recorder of Deeds’ staff, also accepted the proclamation on behalf of the County’s employee Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
The proclamation acknowledged the contributions of Chester County’s diverse LGBTQ community to academic, economic, artistic, and social life here.
The County will fly the Pride flag at the Justice Center and the County’s Government Services Center until the end of June. The Commissioners also recognized LGBTQ Pride Month with a proclamation in 2019.
This is the first time that the Pride flag has been flown at County-owned buildings, said Rebecca Brain, Communications officer for the Commissioners’ Office.
The proclamation states that “Chester County is committed to diversity, social justice, equality and mutual respect as fundamental aspects of maintaining a healthy community, yet recognizes there is work to be done to ensure LBGTQ+ individuals do not face harassment, prejudice, or lack of equal protection.”
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