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News BYTES: Scottsdale recognizes & celebrates June Pride Month 2022

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This original photograph celebrates the colors of LGBTQ+ pride as Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega has declared June as Pride Month, celebrating equity and inclusion. (Photo by Arianna Grainey/
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“In Scottsdale you can be yourself, without the fear of hate and persecution,” said Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega as he declared June Pride Month in the city of Scottsdale.

Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning — one’s sexual or gender identity — Americans.

In recognition of those who identify as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, the Pride flag is being flown at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Pride Month acknowledges those who paved the way in fighting for equal rights and officials say commemorations like these provide connection and a sense of community, validation and acceptance. Mayor Ortega issued the formal proclamation Tuesday, June 7, during a City Council meeting.

“The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to celebrate Pride month and the many employees, residents and visitors in the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Diversity Program Director Jackie Johnson in a prepared statement.

“It is important to respect, support and learn from all people. Scottsdale’s anti-discrimination ordinance sends a clear message that we protect the rights of all people and being your true self should never impact the way you are treated.”

On April 20, the Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

The ordinance was adopted on May 20 and represents the city of Scottsdale’s commitment to anti-discrimination and fair treatment of residents, visitors and employees in the Scottsdale community, and the City Council’s support and value for diversity and inclusiveness.

Scottsdale is a community for all people. City officials ask residents to share thee way they are celebrating Pride Month using #ScottsdaleForAll.

The meaning behind each color of the Pride flag:

  • Red – Life
  • Orange – Healing
  • Yellow – Sunlight
  • Green – Nature
  • Blue – Serenity
  • Purple – Spirit
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