On June 18, Spahr Center staff and supporters were present as the Marin County Board of Supervisors met to consider a Resolution, sponsored by Supervisors Damon Connolly and Dennis Rodoni, to declare June 22, 2019 Pride Day.  The Board devoted over an hour to hearing about the history of the LGBTQ community and the Pride flag, and to consider moving testimony in support of the Resolution from community members.

In the Resolution, the Board of Supervisors recommitted the County to taking all steps to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ people and people living with and affected by HIV.  It also committed the County to providing programs and services needed to assure the well-being of our communities into the future.

In a bit of wonderful history for Marin County, the Board also ordered that the Rainbow Flag be proudly flown over the Civic Center, following on from Governor Gavin Newsom’s action to fly the flag over the State Capitol for the first time in many years.

The Spahr Center coordinated with SAGA, the Marin County LGBTQ employee group, to secure this strong support from the Board of Supervisors.  We look forward to working closely with SAGA in the future, not only to consider joint activities, but to continue to encourage County agencies to increase the level of services provided to the LGBTQ and HIV communities.

Our thanks to Supervisors Rodoni and Connolly, as well as  all of the members of the Board of Supervisors, for their warm support for this meaningful Resolution.  In coming months, The Spahr Center will be holding an LGBTQ and HIV Advocacy Day, organizing constituents to visit each Board member to further describe the community’s needs.  Please let us know if you would like to participate in this important event by emailing Dana Van Gorder at dvangorder@thespahrcenter.org