Frederick City Mayor Randy McClement and the Board of Aldermen on June 1 issued a proclamation naming June 2017 as LGBTQ Pride Month during a ceremony at City Hall. The proclamation was presented to representatives of The Frederick Center, a five-year-old non-profit dedicated to support, educate, link, organize, and provide outreach to the LGBTQ community of central Maryland and its allies.
In the proclamation, McClement states, “the [LGBTQ] community is encouraged to observe the month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that celebrate diversity and recognize those whose many and varied contributions have enriched our society. Be it further proclaimed, that we, as a community, will work to build a bridge to understanding and acceptance, so that all people are afforded the same rights and responsibilities.”
Kristopher Fair, board chair of The Frederick Center and a candidate for alderman in Frederick, recognizes the significance.
“The City Of Frederick continues to be a beacon in western Maryland for how to affirm our LGBTQ community,” Fair told the Blade. “This proclamation speaks to all citizens that the city recognizes the history of our communities and that they stand arm-in-arm with us to celebrate LGBTQ culture and against agents of bigotry and hate.”
Frederick Pride will take place June 24. For more information about The Frederick Center, visit thefrederickcenter.org.