The City of Visalia will be issuing a Proclamation declaring June LGBT Pride Month in Visalia. 

This Monday June 18, 2012 7:00 PM at the Visalia City Hall!


The official signed proclamation reads as follows:

LGBT Pride Month

JUNE 2012

WHEREAS, June is LGBT Pride Month across the United States; and

WHEREAS, Visalia has a diverse LBGT community, which includes individuals from

all walks of life including doctors, lawyers, police officers, nurses, construction workers,

professionals of all types, teachers, and religious leaders; and

WHEREAS, the LGBT community in Visalia has organized workshops, festivals,

sporting events, dinners, and other activities to celebrate Pride throughout the year; and

WHEREAS, LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their

straight peers, and more than 1/3 of LGBT youths have attempted suicide and nine out

of ten LGBT youths report harassment at school, and three-fifths report feeling unsafe at

school; and

WHEREAS, High School students in Visalia have organized Gay-Straight Alliances to

fight bullying, provide support, and encourage education to combat homophobia; and

WHEREAS, being “out” is the most important action members of the LGBT community

can engage in to provide role models, and support to young people who may be struggling

with their sexual orientation.

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Visalia does hereby proclaim June

2012 as LGBT Pride Month in the City of Visalia and commend the LGBT Community

for helping to raise awareness in our community.

Dated: June 18, 2012

Amy Shuklian, Mayor

Steven A. Nelsen, Vice Mayor Greg Collins, Councilmember

E. Warren Gubler, Councilmember Bob Link, Councilmember