Garden Grove

Gay pride month resolution is requested

THE RAINBOW flag is emblematic of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities (Flickr/Rflag).

A proposal to adopt a resolution declaring June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month in the city will go before Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove City Council.

Councilwoman Kim Nguyen  (District 6), is asking for the proclamation, which reads, in part: “In the movement toward equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, a historic turning point occurred on June 28, 1969, in New York City, with the onset of the Stonewall Riots.

“During these riots, LGBT citizens rose up and resisted police harassment that arose out of discriminatory criminal laws that have since been declared unconstitutional. In the four decades since, civil rights for LGBT people have grown substantially, and LGBT pride celebrations have taken place around the country every June to commemorate the beginning of the Stonewall Riots.”

The Stonewall Riots are considered the start of the gay liberation movement in the U.S. The Stonewall Inn was a popular place for homosexuals to gather. A police raid led to resistance from the patrons, and three days of disturbances ensued.

It was the spark of an organized gay rights movement, and the first gay pride marches took place in 1970 in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and other cities.

The council meets in its chambers in the Community Meeting Center at 11300 Stanford Ave. at 6:30 p.m.

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