City of Anaheim Proclaims June 2014 as “LGBT Pride Month”
Anaheim, CA — 2014 has all ready proven to be full of milestones for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams becoming the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Children could turn on The Disney Channel and watch the first kids’ television show to showcase a same-sex couple. And just recently Laverne Cox, from Orange is The New Black fame, was on the June 9th cover of Time Magazine, which made Cox the first openly transgender individual to be on the cover.
“As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect – our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well.” So true is this quote pulled from President Barack Obama’s declaration of June 2014 being LGBT Pride Month, especially when we look back at a year not even half way through.
The President also called upon his fellow Americans asking, “… to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.” The City of Anaheim, the oldest in Orange County, clearly echoes this viewpoint by proclaiming June 2014 as LGBT Pride Month for the city.
Anna Barvir-Boone, President of Orange County LGBT Pride, reminds us that “Orange County is a place where it can be a struggle to be out and proud. But it is also a place with a vibrant and passionate LGBT community that comes together to celebrate our victories, mourn our losses, and work toward greater equality.” She continues, “On August 9th, we will commemorate all those who have bravely struggled for greater equality and dignity for LGBT persons. And we will celebrate just being ourselves in the heart of Orange County.”
This year’s festival will feature comedian Ana Gasteyer and recording artist Bonnie McKee on the Main Stage and DJ Richard Vission in the Beer & Wine Garden. Shane Bitney Crone, Executive Producer and subject of the critically acclaimed documentary, “Bridegroom,” will kick off the festival with a Q&A session. “Our Entertainment line-up is as fun and well-rounded as ever. We tried to include something for everyone’s taste,” explains Zackery Glass, Director of Programming for Orange County LGBT Pride.
Festival goers will also be delighted by activities for all ages on the Pride Community Stage, fun and games for families with children in the Kids’ Club, and various workshops at the Rainbow Symposium. The dunk tank is back by popular demand, and it will be hosted by the models of Andrew Christian throughout the day. New this year is a second Beer & Wine Garden and a VIP Lounge.
OC Pride is proud to represent our fellow Orange County LGBT organizations in accepting this proclamation from Anaheim and we thank you.Posted on June 10, 2014 in Press, Pride 2014