Happy Pride Month!

News Article
An update from Jeff Selby, Interim Director
Photo of Jeff Selby

June 1, 2023

Today marks the first day of Pride Month, where we gather to celebrate and honor our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Two-Spirit communities (LGBTQIA2S+).

Pride emerged from the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 and thanks to those who sparked early movements such as Black, gender-nonconforming, feminine-presenting, politically engaged activist, Marsha P. Johnson, the intersectional fight to amplify queer voices and LGBTQIA2S+ rights is inspired and stronger than ever.

I am proud to work for an organization that prioritizes the Core Values of Equity and Anti-racism. I am proud to work alongside Lex Jakusovszky, the City’s first LGBTQIA2S+ Policy Advisor at the Office of Equity and Human Rights, and under the leadership of Commissioner Dan Ryan. And I am proud of our City’s Queer Alliance employee resource group.

As we know from the deadly violence at Club Q and Pulse, book bans, and countless anti-LGBTQIA2S+ and anti-drag laws being instituted around the country, it has never been more vital to support our queer colleagues, friends, family, and neighbors. I urge you to learn more about our LGBTQIA2S+ communities’ histories and join me in celebrating Pride.

Jeff Selby