REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta County Board of Supervisors designated the month of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
The Shasta Supervisors voted 3-2 to adopt the proclamation. Supervisors Baugh and Jones voted against the proclamation while Supervisors Chimenti, Moty, and Rickert voted in favor of it.
The proclamation recognizes the LGBTQ+ community in Shasta County and denounces discrimination and prejudice against people based on age, gender identity, and sexual orientation just to name a few.
Some people in favor of the proclamation. Don Yost with NorCal OUTReach read the proclamation at Tuesday’s meeting.
“Whereas the county of Shasta appreciates the cultural, civic, and economic contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, the LGBTQ+ community,” Yost read to the supervisors. “Which strengthen our social welfare.”
But others felt that designating this month as pride month isn't necessary.
“I believe you are once again acting against the will of the majority of your constituents,” said one public speaker at Tuesday’s meeting. “This designation is out of step with our traditional family values and Christian beliefs that many people hold dear and value in Shasta County.”
David Wharton, who is the Co-Founder and Vice President of NorCal OUTReach told Action News Now that he is glad the board passed the proclamation because it recognizes the achievements and people in the community.
Pride Month is celebrated every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.