FRAMINGHAM – Framingham City Council issued its first proclamation on Tuesday night.
In a 10-0 vote, the 11-member Framingham City Council proclaimed June as LGBTQ Pride Month in the City.
“Having the very first proclamation issued by the City Council on the topic of LGBTQ pride speaks volumes to the importance of diversity in our community,” said City Council Chair Dennis Giombetti.
City Councilor At-Large Cheryl Tully Stoll presented the proclamation to the City Council on behalf of Robert Case, who ironically lost to Giombetti for the District 5 City Council seat.
“When I proposed the idea of the proclamation to Cheryl I was hoping the Council would take this opportunity to support our LGBTQ community,” said Case.
“And I also hope this proclamation is just one of many efforts that our new city will undertake to recognize and celebrate all of the many diverse communities represented in Framingham. By celebrating our diversity together, I truly believe we will be a stronger city,” said Case.
LGBTQ Pride Month celebrates the individuals and members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community who contribute greatly to our neighborhoods, culture and social fabric of our city, said the City in a statement release to the media.
“Framingham is a wonderful city because of the people who live here. It was a privilege Tuesday evening to have the opportunity to publicly assert support for valued members of our community,” said Tully Stoll.
“In this current climate where LGBTQ rights are being called into question both on a national level and more locally here in Massachusetts with the upcoming ballot question to attempt to repeal transgender civil rights, I am thrilled to see our new City Council take a unanimous stand to support this LGBTQ Pride Proclamation,” said Case.
“A special thank you to Councilor Chery Tully Stoll for immediately sponsoring this proclamation and bringing it before the full council for consideration. This would not have happened so quickly without her support,” said Case.
Saturday, June 9is the 48th Annual Boston Pride Parade. It starts at noon at Copley Square, ending at City Hall Plaza.