Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (one's sexual or gender identity) Americans.
In honor of Pride Month, the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride, will be flown from Monday, June 14 to Monday, June 21, at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
“Scottsdale proudly participates in Pride events, celebrates diversity, and commits to work toward true equality for all people,” said Mayor David D. Ortega.
Pride Month commemorates those who paved the way in fighting for equal rights. Celebrations like these provide connection and a sense of community, validation and acceptance. Mayor David. D. Ortega issued a proclamation to recognize June as Pride Month. The city also plans to participate in the Phoenix Pride Parade in November.
“Thanks to our city’s leaders and staff, Scottsdale has been long-time supporters of LGBTQ Pride. This includes having a longstanding, fully-inclusive employment policy and an employment benefits provision for transgender health insurance.” said Stanna Michelle Slater, LGBTQ Liaison for the city of Scottsdale. “For Scottsdale, June is simply the month when we spotlight our perpetual celebration of the LGBTQ community.”
On April 20, the Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
The ordinance was adopted on May 20 and represents the city of Scottsdale’s commitment to anti-discrimination and fair treatment of residents, visitors and employees in the Scottsdale community, and the City Council’s support and value for diversity and inclusiveness.
Scottsdale is a community for all people. We encourage city residents to share the ways you are celebrating Pride Month using #ScottsdaleForAll.
The meaning behind each color of the Pride flag:
Red – Life
Orange – Healing
Yellow – Sunlight
Green – Nature
Blue – Serenity
Purple – Spirit
Learn more about Scottsdale’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.