By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
At the June 11, 2019, city council meeting, Mayor Pam Pruitt made a proclamation encouraging Mill Creek to continue be an inclusive, safe, and welcoming community for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) residents.
Here is the complete text of the proclamation:
WHEREAS, the City of Mill Creek is mindful of the progress the LGBTQ community has made in recent years, and strives to march forward in realizing a future in which diversity amongst people is honored and mutual respect is practiced; and
WHEREAS, Bill Clinton was the first American President to formally recognize the sweeping impact that LGBTQ advocates, allies and individuals have on our society, and in 2009, President Barack Obama declared June LGBTQ Pride month; and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court decision of 2015, guaranteeing marriage equality in all 50 states, continued to affirm our belief that our country, while not perfect or unblemished, is moving towards fairness and equal access to the American Dream of opportunity, freedom and happiness; and
WHEREAS, it is in this mindset that the City of Mill Creek recognizes Pride month and embraces the diversity of our community; and
WHEREAS, Pride month provides an opportunity to show support of our differences, become educated and practice open-mindedness.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pam Pruitt, the Mayor of the City of Mill Creek, on behalf of the City Council do hereby encourage the people of our community, to continue a forward momentum in the direction of creating an inclusive, safe and welcoming community, rooted in the belief that our neighborhoods are made better by the uniqueness of the people that call them home.