Across our communities, rainbow flags signal the month of June as a celebration of LGBTQ Pride.

This year we invite Riverside and North Riverside to display the rainbow flag and support its message of recognition and respect. 

Pride month is especially meaningful for young people whose health and well-being are shaped by their identities. Too often LGBTQ teens and young adults experience discrimination and rejection — even in their own schools and communities. The visibility of the rainbow flag lets everyone know our residents, our communities and our governments support them.

Just last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, education, jury services, credit and federal funding. 

According to the Human Rights Commission, this landmark achievement is the result of unified efforts to insist on civil rights for LGBTQ Americans. This historic legislation across party lines represents an accomplishment as significant as the June 2015 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage — a decision that enables families to participate fully in school, work and community.

Last year, residents in Riverside and North Riverside flew more than 100 rainbow flags during the month of June. We hope to see even more this year, and invite our local governments to do the same. 

For more information about Pride month or questions and concerns, please contact Indivisible West Suburban Action League at info@actionleague.org.

Helen Gallagher

Indivisible West Suburban Action League

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