Los Alamos County Chair Randall Ryti hands to Fortis Brown Tuesday afternoon a signed Proclamation recognizing the second week of June as the Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Week. They are joined by the Los Alamos Teen Center Director George Marsden, Sen. Leo Jaramillo, Los Alamos County Councilor Melanee Hand and the Friends of Los Alamos Pride supporters. Photo by Vint Miller/Los Alamos County
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday approved a proclamation declaring the second week of June as Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Week in Los Alamos County. The proclamation, which was read by Councilor Sara Scott, reads as follows:
WHEREAS: Everyone has a right to live without fear or prejudice, discrimination, violence or hatred based on gender identity/expression or sexual orientation. It is imperative that everyone acknowledge and support diversity in their community – especially those communities that are most vulnerable; and
WHEREAS: June is national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus (LGBTQ+) Pride Month. It is desirable to bring together LGBTQ+ people and their allies to form a tangible community of support and acceptance in Los Alamos and the surrounding local areas, and to create and enhance visibility and support of diversity in our community. It is desirable to celebrate, educate and engage the community on the issues, contributions, culture and unique voice of LGBTQ+ people, and the impact LGBTQ+ people have on local and global communities; and
WHEREAS: It is essential that the LGBTQ+ youth are supported by Los Alamos County and Northern New Mexico. According to the 2015 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, approximately one in seven students identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or not sure. More than one in four of this student population had attempted suicide in the past year and were three times more likely to have been forced to have sex or experienced physical dating violence, and were twice as likely to be bullied at school; and
WHEREAS: According to “Mental Health in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth,” published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, visible LGBTQ+ sexuality-related social support from parents, friends, and community during adolescence each uniquely contributed to positive well-being in young adulthood, making them less likely to report depressive symptoms, substance use, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors;
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim the Second Week of June Each Year as “ANNUAL LGBTQ+ PRIDE WEEK” in Los Alamos County. We urge our citizens to respect and honor our diverse community and celebrate and build a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance.