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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Celebrates Contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Washingtonians during Pride Month


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(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray will recognize June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month June 1. On June 2, he will kick off District-wide celebrations of the month with a public interview with the editor of the Washington Blade, the District’s oldest publication serving the LGBT community. The interview will take place at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 2, in Room G-9 of the John A. Wilson Building.

During Mayor Gray’s weekly press conference on June 1, the official proclamation for LGBT Pride Month 2011 will be read, with organizers of the Pride Month events present. The document notes, “LGBT residents of the District of Columbia have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that strengthen our great city.”

“To me, LGBT rights are an issue of basic fairness – and that strong belief is at the core of my longtime support for the LGBT community. I’m particularly proud that it was under my watch as Council Chairman that the District became one of the first jurisdictions in the country to enact full marriage equality for same-gender couples,” Mayor Gray said. “But I also appreciate the many outstanding contributions that members of the community have made and continue to make to D.C.’s life and culture. I look forward to the many LGBT Pride Month activities, and particularly to the Blade interview.”

The June 2 event with Blade Editor Kevin Naff will be Mayor Gray’s first formal interview with Washington’s gay press since taking office, and he is continuing his mission to be an effective and transparent leader by making the interview open to the public. It will also be broadcast live on the D.C. Office of Cable Television’s Channel 16.

The conversation is expected to cover a wide range of issues important to the District’s LGBT community, including, among other topics, hate crimes and public safety; the District’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic; and potential congressional interference in the District’s marriage-equality law.

“We have a great deal to celebrate as a city and as the Nation’s Capital around the local advancement of LGBT rights and the amazing contributions LGBT residents are making to strengthen our communities,” said Jeffrey D. Richardson, Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs.

LGBT Pride Month Events

Throughout the month of June, Mayor Gray will participate in several other events that highlight the District’s rich and diverse LGBT community. “Pride season highlights our ability to come together as One City and celebrate the diversity of our vibrant LGBT community and re-affirm our commitment to equality for all people,” the Mayor said.

Mayor Gray is scheduled to participate in the following events related to LGBT Pride Month:

June 1 Mayor Gray Presents LGBT Pride Month Proclamation
Mayor’s City Hall Press Briefing
10:00 am
John A. Wilson Building, Room G-9
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

June 2 Washington Blade/Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs
“Conversation With Mayor Vincent C. Gray”
5:30 pm (reception)
6:30 pm (interview)
John A. Wilson Building, Room G-9
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

June 11 Capital Pride Parade
5:30 pm
Dupont Circle, 17th Street, P Street and other portions of Northwest Washington (route map available here: http://www.capitalpride.org/parade/parade-map)

The Blade interview is free and open to the public. If you require special accommodations to participate in the event, please inform the District of Columbia Office of Disability Rights at 202-724-5055.