City of Toledo celebrates Pride month
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - City leaders held a flag-raising ceremony Tuesday morning to celebrate Gay Pride month.
Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, Lucas County Commissioners, Toledo City Council member Nick Komives, and Equality Toledo Executive Director Sheena Barnes held a press conference ahead of the flag raising to show support for the local LGBTQ+ community.
“No matter what walk of life you come from, there are queer people in those walks of life and that’s why intersectionality and the work we do at the city and the county to be more inclusive means that we care about all people whether you’re an immigrant, or a refugee, or a supporter of Black Lives Member,” said Councilmember Nick Komives. “It’s incumbent upon us to continue to do the work to make this a more welcoming place. I’m really proud of what our city and county has done.”
Komives said he hopes to introduce legislation in the future to assure taxpayer dollars go to contractors who support LGBTQ+ people and have protections against discrimination in place.
Sheena Barnes, Executive Director of Equality Toledo, said that while pride month is a time for celebration, it’s important to remember it started as an uprising against police brutality.
“We would not have a celebration if it wasn’t for two powerful trans women of color and those who stood by them and those that fought before them,” said Barnes. “They did this all in the name of equality and justice for the LGBTQ community.”
Barnes said there has been a lot of progress in LGBTQ rights but there is more work to be done. She thanked the city administration for working with Equality Toledo to educate city staff on LGBTQ issues and history to continue that work.
City leaders said they’re looking forward to the city’s annual Pride celebration in August.
“It doesn’t stop just in June,” said Councilmember Nick Komives. “In Toledo, we celebrate LGBTQ people every day.”
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