WHEREAS: New York City has just observed the end of Gay Pride Month and celebrated the incredible contributions of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and united in our commitment to achieving equal rights for LGBT individuals everywhere and putting an end to prejudice and injustice wherever it exists. While Gay Pride Month may come to an end, we remain committed to these goals throughout the year; and
WHEREAS: Today, the Council of the City of New York is proud to reaffirm our support of the Puerto Rican LGBT community. During the last year, LGBT Puerto Ricans have endured tremendous hatred, violence and loss of life. They have suffered some of the most brutal hate crimes in contemporary society, and their pain was compounded as important public figures refused to identify those acts as hate crimes; and
WHEREAS: We will never forget the incredible challenges and losses faced by the Puerto Rican LGBT community. We owe it to those that have suffered so much and we owe it to ourselves decisive action to preventing such suffering from this day forward; and
WHEREAS: LGBT Puerto Ricans—like LGBT individuals everywhere—deserve the same rights and opportunities, but true equality cannot be achieved through legislation alone. We must change hearts and minds as well. It is the responsibility of each of us—no matter our sexual orientation or gender identity—to reach out to our family, friends and neighbors to foster a greater understanding of our lives as LGBT individuals around the world; and
WHEREAS: Today is the day for all LGBT individuals and their allies to take a decisive pledge and act to end all hate crimes. By addressing homophobia and transphobia directly, we can end the discrimination and hatred faced by our LGBT brothers and sisters, not only in Puerto Rico, in New York , and beyond; now, therefore
WHEREAS: The Council of the City of New York reaffirms our shared commitment to equal rights for LGBT individuals and to ending homophobia and injustice wherever it exists; now, therefore
BE IT KNOWN: That the Council of the City of New York hereby proclaims this 13th day of July 2010:
A Day of Solidarity with Puerto Rico’s LGBT Community in New York City .
Signed this 13th day of July in the year Two Thousand and Ten.
CHRISTINE C. QUINN, Speaker
For the Entire Council
Council Member, 2nd District
Council Member, 8th District
Council Member, 25th District
JIMMY VAN BRAMER
Council Member, 26th District