RALEIGH, N.C. — The Wake County Board of Commissioners on Monday passed an LGBTQ Pride Month proclamation, recognizing the Stonewall Riots and the county’s recent efforts to support LGBTQ equality.
The Wake County proclamation was heralded by the LGBT Center of Raleigh and Equality North Carolina as an “historic first.” Wake County joins Gov. Roy Cooper, who issued a similar proclamation earlier this month.
In its proclamation, Wake County noted that “despite great progress, LGBT Americans still face discrimination simply for who they are.” The proclamation says that Wake County “stands with the LGBT Community in the struggle to ensure equal treatment for all” and that the county “will continue to defend and advocate for LGBT rights as human rights.”
The proclamation cited executive actions by Cooper addressing LGBTQ equality in state employment and creating a state commission on inclusive policies. However, the proclamation did not cite specific LGBTQ-inclusive policies passed by Wake County, though the county has long had inclusive employment protections for county workers.