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.

Supervisor Principi voted for it along with board Vice Chairman Marty Nohe, R-Coles, and Supervisors John Jenkins, D-Neabsco, Maureen Caddigan, R-Potomac, and Pete Candland, R-Gainesville.

The proclamation does not change policy or obligate government funding, Candland said, but it does show compassion and respect for everyone in the community…

Read Full Story: BOCS declare June ‘LGBTQ and More Pride Month’ | Prince William Times


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