The Prince William Board of Supervisors on Tuesday proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and More Pride Month at a meeting that saw emotional testimony on both sides of the issue.
County proclamations naming certain months for specific causes rarely are controversial, but this one certainly was. It passed on a 5-3 vote with the board’s two Democrats being joined by three Republicans in approving the designation.
“Personally, I believe Prince William County is a forward-thinking, compassionate, thoughtful community and is ready to respect all of our residents, including those whose sexual orientation and gender identity fall within the LGBTQ community,” said Supervisor Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge, who brought the measure forward Tuesday.
The proclamation does not change policy or obligate government funding, Candland said, but it does show compassion and respect for everyone in the community…