Council Legislation

Proposed Resolution No. R2022-98

Title: A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Dedicating the Month of July as “LGBTQ+ Pride Month” in Pierce County, Washington.

Status: Passed

Sponsors: Councilmembers

Final votes

July 5, 2022
Nay Abstained Nay Aye Aye Aye Aye


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Public Comments

Name Date Comment
Alisa Lee 6/24/22 3:43 PM As someone who has seen the pain my LGBTQ friends have gone though to be themselves and just feel accepted I whole heartedly support this legislation. It’s imperative that we actively support these members of our community and furthermore create a community in which they feel safe, celebrated and loved.
Nick Federici 6/24/22 3:55 PM All Councilmembers and our County Executive should support all of our residents, especially those who face increasing persecution such as our LGTBQ+ friends, family, and neighbors. Please vote for the Pierce County Pride Resolution! It doesn’t do anything to policy, but merely affirms people’s right and ability to be accepted and loved for who they are! To do otherwise continues to perpetuate discrimination and validate hate, and contributes to Pierce County’s ongoing reputation as a backwards bastion of benighted boobs, a rustic repository for redneck rubes!
Lynne Dickson 6/24/22 3:55 PM I fully support Pierce County Council proclamation supporting our LGBTQ + community every single day!!!!
Brian Burhenn 6/24/22 3:57 PM As a resident of Puyallup, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Jacob Woodbury 6/24/22 3:58 PM From here in District 1, I know that Pride - welcoming our neighbors, making sure everyone is accepted in Pierce County, and showing that Pierce County is a welcoming place, especially to the LGBT community, is a top priority. I hope all councilmembers will joyfully support this declaration!
Tony Ivey Jr. 6/24/22 4:00 PM I am a LGBT member of the community living in Tacoma. I support this entirely, and am frankly baffled in 2022 this is a debate at all. Please pass this this!! There are no sides about this. Either you believe LGBTQ people are legitimate or you dont. I trust you believe, I as constituent am a legitimate person. There are so many things effect LGBTQ people and youth, this is quite literally the least you can do. Start here and work on supporting this community.
Jorgen Junker 6/24/22 4:05 PM Proclaiming our support for our LGBTQ+ siblings is the least we can do. I urge all council members to support this proposal.
Amanda DeShazo 6/24/22 4:09 PM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
T'wina Nobles 6/24/22 4:09 PM As a resident of Fircrest, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Thank you.
Evan Smith 6/24/22 4:12 PM As a queer resident of Pierce County, I strongly support this proclamation. For too long, I spent my life in fear, afraid to come out. No longer! Thank you Pierce County for this effort. Let’s pass it and send a message to our queer residents that we see you, affirm you, and will build a community that honors you!!
Chelsea McElroy 6/24/22 4:12 PM As a Pierce County Resident, I believe all residents deserve to be celebrated and uplifted. The LGBTQIA+ community is especially marginalized in our community. Supporting them in any way is the least elected officials, agencies and entities should do.
Kathleen Knorr 6/24/22 4:16 PM As a long term resident of Pierce County and a supporter of civil rights for all citizens , I strongly encourage all members to support this proclamation supporting the LGBT+ community
LaTasha Wortham 6/24/22 4:18 PM As a resident of Tacoma, Pierce County, I strongly support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community. This should be a permanent, yearly proclamation of the Pierce County Council.
Linda Hood 6/24/22 4:18 PM As a resident of University Place, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.”
Rick Talbert 6/24/22 4:19 PM Please show you support all of the people of Pierce County and vote yes to support the LGBTQ+ community.
Nora Sekowski 6/24/22 4:22 PM It is crucial in this precarious moment that we loudly and proudly support our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors! I enthusiastically encourage the Council to adopt this resolution!
Alex Delgado 6/24/22 4:25 PM As a resident of Tacoma WA, I strongly encourage all council members to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ Community
Terese Jackson 6/24/22 4:25 PM I strongly support the Pierce County 2022 Pride proclamation and support all members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Cinnamon Brown 6/24/22 4:25 PM I’m not sure why there’s so much hate in the county, state, and country but everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and human rights! Everyone has a right to love whoever they love! I support to LGBTQ+ county proclamation! End the acceptance of hate! Period!
Jordan Rash 6/24/22 4:30 PM I support this proposal as it is important for our government to represent all people. Acknowledging communities that have been marginalized is important for them to feel safe, included, and recognized for their contributions. Please support this proposal.
JoAnn M Fritsche 6/24/22 4:32 PM As a resident of University Place, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Bruce Bouyer 6/24/22 4:37 PM As a resident of (University Place), I strongly support this proclamation and encourage all council members to support our LGBTQ+ community members.
Breck Lebegue 6/24/22 4:39 PM US citizens have the right to love who and how we want. July is the perfect month to celebrate that freedom! Say it!
Lakecia Farmer 6/24/22 4:42 PM As a queer Tacoma resident, I strongly encourage all Councilmembers to support this proclamation and LGBTQ
Ken Miller 6/24/22 4:45 PM I urge you to support the Pride resolution.
Sarah Brady 6/24/22 4:47 PM As a queer resident of East Tacoma I strongly encourage all council members to support this proclamation recognizing the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ individuals make this city vibrant, and with increasing attacks on the rights and wellbeing of trans and queer youth recognitions like this go a long way to creating a safe and nurturing city. Please support!
Halley Knigge 6/24/22 4:49 PM I am a resident of University Place and enthusiastically, emphatically support this proposal. Love is love. No haterade in Pierce County. XOXO
Maggie Karshner 6/24/22 5:04 PM As a resident of District 5, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community!
Cheryl Bockus 6/24/22 5:07 PM Love is love is love is love. As a resident of Tacoma, I enthusiastically, unequivocally, and wholeheartedly (100%) support this proposal. Hate has no place in Pierce County, and all of our residents deserve our visible support. That support saves lives.
Marisa Peloquin 6/24/22 5:17 PM As a resident of University Place, I strongly encourage all council members to support this proclamation of support for the LGBTQ+ community.
Christopher Albert 6/24/22 5:24 PM “As a resident of Sumner, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.”
Barb Andersen 6/24/22 5:26 PM “As a resident of Edgewood, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community,” Thanks for your hard work on the council!
Juliann Hoffman 6/24/22 5:26 PM As an ally of the LGBTQ+ community and resident of Pierce Co, I urge all county council members to support this proclamation!
Thomas Link 6/24/22 5:28 PM In this time of unprecedented attacks on the simple right to be cared for, LGBTQIA+ folks deserve a clear statement of support.
Doug Baxter-Jenkins 6/24/22 5:28 PM As a proud NE Tacoma resident and a member of the LGBTQ community, I wholeheartedly support this resolution. Proclaiming July to be LGBTQ+ pride month is a simple way to show your commitment to inclusivity and prove that this community is a great place for families like mine to live, work, and grow.
Beth Boggs 6/24/22 5:56 PM I am fully in support of dedicating the month of July as Pride Month. Please remember that you were elected to serve all residents in your districts. Regardless of your personal beliefs. Pierce County should be a place to celebrate and recognize all areas of diversity. And Bruce Dammeier must listen to the voices on the council.
Wendy Wright 6/24/22 5:59 PM I support the Resolution of the Pierce County Council to dedicate July as "LGBTQ+ Pride Month" in Pierce County. All residents of Pierce County must be welcomed as valuable people of Pierce County. We are all Americans. No matter what color we are, what gender, who we love, and what we look like, we all deserve to be treated as human beings. A resident may not like someone's lifestyle, but no one can discriminate against anyone, just because he/she disagrees with someone else's lifestyle. No on has the "right" to make another person's life a nightmare.
Evelyn Fielding Lopez 6/24/22 6:01 PM There can never be too much love in our County. There can never be too much support for our neighbors. Pride Month shows that we care, and that we welcome all in our community. It is what we should strive for at all times. I strongly support and urge the Council to pass this resolution.
Bronwyn Clarke 6/24/22 6:26 PM As a resident of Pierce County I strongly support the Pride proclamation and the LGBTQ+ community. Everyone deserves love and equal rights.
Kim Lopez 6/24/22 6:29 PM As a Pierce County Resident, I believe all people deserve to be celebrated and uplifted. The LGBTQ community is especially marginalized. Therefore our counsel should implement a proclamation of support.
Taylor Trujillo 6/24/22 6:39 PM In a year with the most anti-trans bills on record and strategic attacks by right wing groups at Pride events across the nation, it is critically important to demonstrate to our queer, trans, and questioning neighbors that they belong and are safe here. As a resident of Pierce County, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation as one way to support the LGBTQ+ community.
Priya Saxena 6/24/22 6:39 PM Pierce County is a better place because of its LGBTQIA+ community. In this time of extreme division, hatred, and danger, it’s imperative that ALL Councilmembers support this proclamation. As a queer and non-binary Tacoma resident, I look to you to stand in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. Help make Pierce County a more inclusive place for all.
Melissa L McPheeters 6/24/22 6:50 PM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Sydney Sosa 6/24/22 6:51 PM As a resident of Lakewood, WA I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Tara Hollander 6/24/22 6:53 PM As a resident of Tacoma I strongly urge all council members to support this Proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Xandra Barbour 6/24/22 6:57 PM As a resident of Pierce County, I support this proclamation and strongly encourage all the council members to support the proclamation as well, to support our LGBTQ+ community.
Laura Gardner 6/24/22 6:57 PM I encourage all council members to vote yes on this resolution - show you support your LGBTQ+ constituents.
Jesse feller 6/24/22 7:01 PM As a resident of Lakewood, I strongly encourage the city counsel members to support the proclamation supporting our LGBTQ+ Citizens!
Kristina Walker 6/24/22 7:11 PM Thank you, County Council, for supporting our LGBTQ+ community by honoring and celebrating Pride Month.
Raquel Palmas 6/24/22 7:49 PM As a resident of University Place, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.”
Vicky 6/24/22 8:44 PM Even a simple: “As a resident of Lakewood, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.” Use the link below and click “comment on legislation” to the right of the screen. Public comment link: https://online.co.pierce.wa.us/cfapps/council/iview/proposal.cfm?proposal_num=R2022-98 Thank you in advance and Happy Pride! If you are able to join on Tuesday 7/5 at 3 PM to testify, we could really use your support in the face of increasing bigotry. Zoom link: https://piercecountywa.zoom.us/j/97661787423
Megan Selvage 6/24/22 8:55 PM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly urge the council to make this proclamation supporting LGBTQ+ community. Thank you
Rick 6/24/22 9:08 PM As a resident of Lakewood I strongly encourage all council members to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ Community.
V Stanich 6/24/22 9:15 PM As a resident of Lakewood I strongly encourage all council members to support this proclamation supporting the LGBQT+ community.
Anne Jones 6/24/22 9:33 PM Thank you for making July Pride month here in Pierce County. We want to be able to raise our children in a community where all citizens feel welcome and safe.
Corey Snelson 6/24/22 9:34 PM In a moment when rights are constantly being stripped away, I support this resolution to create a time when people who have categorically experienced repeated shut downs, shut outs, and discrimination have a time and the recognition to celebrate themselves. Love is love.
Eric Herde 6/24/22 10:39 PM As a lifelong resident of Pierce County, I urge all councilmembers to support the Pride proclamation.
Diane Wiatr 6/24/22 10:40 PM I support LGBTQ rights, safety, visibility, and this legislation. It’s time for Pierce County to do the same. Please support this legislation.
Jeneva Apolito 6/24/22 10:44 PM Our LGBTQ community has an important and vibrant voice in our district. They work in every industry, are part of every demographic and contribute in every way to our families, neighborhoods and communities. They are also an unfairly maligned and targeted subgroup. Please promote kindness, decency and just basic understanding of what supports our communities vibrancy and joy by supporting our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Thank you.
Charla Neuman 6/24/22 11:57 PM Thank you for supporting this proclamation that may not be significant in terms of policy but is impactful when it comes to supporting all of your constituencies. Nearly 15 years ago, the Pierce County Council approved domestic partnership benefits for its employees before gay marriage was legalized. A proclamation should be a mere no brained but it is still necessary. While our culture is evolving and has moved toward acceptance at a level we may take for granted, many people have experienced trauma and rejection, or the fear of it, in a way that makes this proclamation of support more meaningful than you may expect. Thank you for moving this forward.
Maureen Sorenson 6/25/22 7:50 AM As a resident of Pierce County, I strongly encourage all council members to support this proclamation supporting LGBTQ+ In our community. Let’s care about all our citizens. Black Lives Matter
Desiree Wilkins Finch 6/25/22 8:18 AM I strongly encourage ALL Councilmembers to support this proclamation that supports LGBTQ+ community
Elizabeth Larter 6/25/22 8:19 AM I strongly ask that the entire Pierce County Council officially recognize and support our local LGBTQ+ community. A key way to do so is by flying the Pride flag. For too long this community has been marginalized and disrespected. The County Council has a key role in setting the tone for our community at large, who we are and who we want to be. Please stand on the right side of history and support this proposal.
Karen Orr 6/25/22 9:11 AM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community- especially as this community is under new threats once again for further persecution. We need to promote inclusion for all.”
Prater Ann 6/25/22 9:12 AM As a resident of Pierce County, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community. While it does not create policy, it does affirm the rights of all individuals in our community to live a life free of discrimination, harassment and hate.
Shannon Koepfler 6/25/22 10:21 AM As a resident of Pierce County, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Brittany Langston 6/25/22 10:31 AM As a resident of Tacoma I STRONGLY SUPPORT this legislation. Our LGBTQ+ family and friends deserve the same rights and supports and a month to celebrate and commemorate the Pride movement is essential.
Tara Bacher 6/25/22 10:34 AM As a resident of University Place, I strongly support this proposal and urge the council to stand in solidarity with all members of our county, and to stand with our LGBTQ+ community.
Nicole 6/25/22 10:36 AM As a resident of Lakewood, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community
Kenneth Coble 6/25/22 10:38 AM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly encourage all council members to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Release your wiggle.
Amy Query 6/25/22 10:42 AM Council members, please support this resolution. As a teacher and mother, I can tell you that loud support of the LGBTQIA+ community is vitally important to the safety and feeling of belonging to our entire community.
Jennifer Braveboy 6/25/22 10:47 AM We encourage all of the council members to support this community and all of its members of the LGBTQ+ community and reflect the views of your constituents.
Emily Delaney 6/25/22 10:50 AM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Kate Albert Ward 6/25/22 11:30 AM Born, raised, and current resident of Tacoma, I urge our leaders to unanimously and whole-heartedly support this proclamation in honor of our LGBTQIA community.
Ashley Mangum 6/25/22 11:44 AM As a resident of Tacoma I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Use the link below and click “comment on legislation” to the right of the screen. Public comment link: https://online.co.pierce.wa.us/cfapps/council/iview/proposal.cfm?proposal_num=R2022-98 Thank you in advance and Happy Pride! If you are able to join on Tuesday 7/5 at 3 PM to testify, we could really use your support in the face of increasing bigotry. Zoom link: https://piercecountywa.zoom.us/j/97661787423
Aimee Hamilton 6/25/22 11:48 AM This resident of Tacoma wholeheartedly supports this resolution in support of our LGBTQAI+ friends, family, and neighbors and expects the Pierce County Council to also endorse it without hesitation, to publicly recognize and validate the equality of each LGBTQAI+ member of our community.
Andrew O 6/25/22 12:10 PM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community
Rob Huff 6/25/22 12:35 PM As a resident of Council District 4 in Tacoma, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Our county needs to make it clear to our diverse residents that they are supported and that we live in a community where prejudice is not tolerated, and all people are supported.
Christian F. Kelley 6/25/22 12:54 PM As a life long ally to LGBTQ+ people I am strongly in favor of this resolution.
Craig Craker 6/25/22 1:01 PM I strongly support the Council proclamation supporting our LGBTQI+ community!
Marcus Bartlett 6/25/22 1:02 PM I believe that we should make Pierce County welcoming to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Elizabeth Kelly-Koepfler 6/25/22 1:43 PM As a resident of Vaughn, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Really, is it asking so much? Be kind, be inclusive. Love is love.
Devon Scarey 6/25/22 1:50 PM As a resident of Tacoma, Pierce County, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
James H. Williams 6/25/22 2:28 PM As someone who supports human rights and freedom, I urge the Council to pass this legislation.
Nora Hacker 6/25/22 2:29 PM As a resident of Midland and a parent of two LGBTQ+ teens, I strongly encourage the passing of this resolution. Celebrating Pride does not harm anyone, but is actually critical in supporting people in our community who are at minimum erased and often harmed by bigotry just because of who they are. It is time to stand up and do what is right.
Andrea Munro 6/25/22 2:47 PM As a resident of Tacoma, WA I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Angel Rains 6/25/22 2:58 PM As a member of the LGBT+ community, I wholeheartedly support this proclamation. We need to defend our LGBT+ family and show them that they are welcomed in Pierce county.
Gary Love 6/25/22 3:08 PM I Respectfully Oppose to this proposal. This can do more harm and its dangerous. It devalues everyone and puts people in danger who opposes their movement. We can love and respect each other without having to confuse innocent children who fall in to depression and suicide.
Alex Meacham 6/25/22 3:43 PM It is high time that the council supports our LGBTQ+ community, especially in light of federal policies that threaten to harm the most vulnerable, now is the time for local government to step up and unequivocally support all our citizens, including by getting past prejudiced and harmful ideals that are supported by some parts of our county. Isn't a policy that supports some, better than one that ignores or harms them? And ignorance, in this case, is harm. To be willfully ignorant of our friends and neighbors within this community is to actively harm them - by turning a blind eye when they are harmed. As such, the county should recognize July as Pride Month.
Keith Dunavant 6/25/22 4:17 PM I support this legislation and our LBGQT community, please let them know they are welcome!
Sarah Evans 6/25/22 6:09 PM Yes on this proposal. I hope to see more safe spaces created in the future for LGBTQ+ community members. Show love!
Pia A 6/25/22 6:41 PM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly urge council members to support this proclamation in support of our LGBTQ+ community. We are better united as one in recognizing and celebrating love of all kinds.
Gina Bua 6/25/22 8:25 PM As a mother and aunt to three LGBTIQ+ family members, I have watched how devastating it is to hear hateful speech and actions. I urge council members to show their support of LGBTIQ+ community. I celebrate Pride and the courage it takes to come out, as many have experienced rejection from family and friends. Please do not listen to the hateful comments of opponents.
Barbara Gilchrist 6/25/22 10:16 PM I strongly encourage all council members to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Providing an LGBTQ+ supportive community has been shown to decrease suicide among the LGBTQ+ community, and this is one way for the council to show they care about keeping our community safe.
Pat Kurz 6/26/22 10:16 AM As a retired teacher, I have seen the pain experienced by queer youth who are ostracized by their families and others who still, despite scientific evidence, maintain that sexual orientation is some type of perverse anti-social choice, I fully support the proclamation of PRIDE month. Yes, "queer" people are entitled to pride, since there is so much still aligned against them. Thank you.
Holly Bamford Hunt 6/26/22 1:42 PM As a resident of Tacoma, I urge all Pierce County council members and our County Executive to express support and dignity for all members of our community, and specifically approve this proclamation which acknowledges and supports our LGBTQ+ community during Pride month. Thank you for your keaderahip!
Dean Koepfler 6/26/22 1:43 PM I support the resolution and the Pierce County LBGTQ community as they, like other oppressed and discriminated against communities, must continue their fight, and yes activism, to simply exist and be accepted in this society. "All Americans,"not just those of a chosen religion , political affiliation or moral persuasion, deserve the freedom to pursue , in their public and private lives , the freedoms we all enjoy.
Marquis Mason 6/26/22 2:26 PM Support for LGBTQ+ youth and people across Pierce country must be affirmed and uplifted, in the face of aggressively increased harassment and assault by right wing demagogues that have harmed countless lives. This proclamation is one small step towards making everyone feel included and supported.
Maralise Hood Quan 6/27/22 7:27 AM As a resident of hilltop Tacoma, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.”
Linda Danforth 6/27/22 8:24 AM As a resident of Lakewood, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support Resolution No. R2022-98 Dedicating the Month of July as “LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Pierce County. I am grateful to all councilmembers that support the LGBTQ+ community. Linda Danforth
Kristin Ely 6/27/22 10:14 AM Let's show that our community is welcoming to all identities.
Faith Stevens 6/27/22 10:42 AM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Colleen Speer 6/27/22 10:43 AM “As a resident of the 26th District, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.”
Sarah Lindsay Meaden 6/27/22 11:10 AM This absolutely needs to be a part of Pierce County. Now more than ever, it's imperative we support our LGBTQ+ friends, family, and community. Not only is it morally correct, it will increase revenue and attract others to Pierce County.
Steven Russell Ketelsen 6/27/22 12:21 PM I support Pride in Tacoma.
Stacey Romero 6/27/22 1:39 PM I urge the Pierce County Council to support the Pierce County Pride Resolution. Please catch up to the times. We the constituents are waiting to welcome you the Council to this century, thanks.
Lea Kelley 6/27/22 5:13 PM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Taylor Caragan 6/27/22 9:08 PM As a resident of Parkland, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community. My sibling is a member of this beautiful community along with most of my friends. These are some of the absolute best people I know who have supported me and so many others through so many important life events all while navigating their own lives. It should be a no brainer for all councilmembers to show their support of this proclamation and share their admiration and respect for a community full of the best of us.
Kris Symer 6/28/22 8:30 AM As a lifelong Pierce County resident, I strongly urge all councilmembers to support this proclamation. We, your LGBTQ+ constituents, live and work throughout Pierce County. We deserve to feel safe and valued anywhere in our communities. When you support LGBTQ+ rights, and celebrations of pride, you stand for civil rights broadly. And you save lives. Visibility and acceptance matter. So, please step up and make it happen, now and every year. Stop playing politics with our lives. It's 2022 and we're all writing to people in power begging for respect -- like it's 1984.
Adán Espino Jr 6/29/22 3:19 PM The Pierce County Human Services Coalition strongly supports the passage of legislation that supports the LGBTQ community. A proclamation may not seem like a big impact for community members, but this proclamation provides a formal statement by council that it supports LGBTQ community, it recognizes the LGBTQ community and its contributions to society, and it honors the LGBTQ community. The PCHSC urges all communities to recognize diverse people and to recognize the struggles these diverse people face in their lives. We must recognize the existence of the diversity in our community to provide the proper services that community may need.
Natalie Bowman 6/29/22 4:34 PM As a Pierce County Resident, I believe all residents deserve to be celebrated and uplifted. Supporting the LGBTQIA+ community with a proclamation of support is the least elected officials, agencies and entities should do.
Jenny Jacobs 6/29/22 5:00 PM Pierce County is for everyone! It is more important than ever to vocally express our support for ALL of our neighbors. Thank you for recognizing the place of our LGBTQ friends in our community.
Joe Bushnell 6/29/22 5:09 PM Dear County Council, Thank you so much for taking this resolution up! In a time of so much divisiveness I'm happy to see that the Pierce County Council will support our LGBTQ+ community members and proclaim July as LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Our LGBTQ+ friends and family have faced a long history of discrimination and prejudice and these small steps can push our society to be inclusive of all people no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. Thank you, CM Joe Bushnell
Elizabeth Scott 6/29/22 6:06 PM As a resident of Lakewood, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Matthew Hilditch 6/29/22 10:58 PM 100% Support this! Pierce county is severely hurt by the high number of racism, bigoted, hate filled people in it - this resolution is an important step against them.
Sandy Wusterbarth Brown 6/29/22 11:00 PM I was so happy that the city of Puyallup embraced an inclusive message in recognizing all of its citizens. Happy Pride 2022. I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.”
Kim A.Field 6/29/22 11:04 PM As a resident of Pierce County I strongly support this proclamation
Jennifer Miller 6/29/22 11:22 PM As a parent of a transgender child and a resident in the Puyallup area I stand in support of this resolution. My daughter has moved away from the area because she does not feel safe here, and this resolution would do a lot to help her and others in the LGBTQ+ community to feel safe and valued.
Toni Gates 6/30/22 6:57 AM 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ I support of the 2022 Pierce County Pride proclamation. I support the LGBTQ+ community. As a resident of Pierce County, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Pride Month is a time to embrace, celebrate and honor the diversity of human beings. Pride gives everyone an opportunity to share their true and honest selves with the world, and be accepted for exactly who they are.
Carole Lee 6/30/22 8:03 AM As a resident of District 2, I wholeheartedly support the resolution and encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Paul Bauer 6/30/22 12:30 PM Having LGBTQ+ Recognition by these elected leaders is important in making this beautiful area we call home even better. If you don’t do this you will embarrass your family name for decades.
Yanah G Cook 6/30/22 8:55 PM As a longtime resident of Pierce County, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Joseph Colombo 6/30/22 9:55 PM As a resident of Puyallup, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community. I spoke publicly at the Puyallup city council meetings encouraging the city to proclaim June Pride Month. They did the right thing and followed through with their proclamation. The county council now needs to do the same by showing that all their residents are welcome in their community by a similar proclamation.
Anna Jones 6/30/22 10:34 PM Third generation born and raised in Tacoma, and this seems like such a no-brainer. By all means support our whole community with inclusivity and joy!
Carrie Creed 6/30/22 10:54 PM I am in support of this proposal. In the current political climate with many targeting the LGBTQ+ community, it is more important than ever to support Pride.
Hunter George 7/1/22 12:17 PM I write in my capacity as a member of the Fircrest City Council. Last month we joined the growing list of jurisdictions recognizing Pride Month by approving a resolution and flying the Pride flag, and I hope Pierce County will do so as well. We received lots of appreciation from residents!
John M. Cummings 7/1/22 4:12 PM I am a proud LGBTQ+ resident of Pierce County, and I fully support this Proclamation. LGBTQ+ people in our County deserve to know that we are supported by our government. There is no valid reason to vote against - or veto - this Proclamation. I urge your full support.
Julie Anderson 7/1/22 4:22 PM I write in my capacity as Pierce County Auditor. As a fellow elected official and a Pierce County department director, I encourage you to pass Resolution No. R2022-98, Dedicating the Month of July as “LGBTQ+ Pride Month” in Pierce County. I’m confident that you all believe in the importance of mutual respect and love for one another. And I’m certain that you all agree that every Pierce County resident should be able to live without fear of prejudice, discrimination, violence, or hatred. Neither Pierce County nor our country have fully-realized these ideals. Based on my own first-hand observation and experience, I know that some of our residents are still subjected to discrimination, hatred, and violence based upon their sexual orientation or gender identity. This is heart breaking. And, it’s dangerous. We need a collective statement of resistance against violence and discrimination. We also need the warm embrace of positivity. This proclamation is intended to encourage personal reflection, celebrate good progress, and acknowledge the significant and irreplaceable contributions made to our community by our LGBTQ+ residents.
Chad Bailey 7/2/22 1:40 PM As a resident of Tacoma, District 4, I strongly encourage all councilmembers to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Patrick Stickney 7/3/22 7:12 PM This resolution should be a no-brainer. LGBTQ+ rights are human rights. The Pierce County Council should take this basic step to affirm and celebrate the existence of a substantial number of their constituents and to show that they belong here.
Melissa Stephenson 7/4/22 10:09 AM Longterm Pierce County resident, ally of the LGBTQ+ community, single mom of 3, and teacher here! I fully support this proposal in the name of freedom and love for ALL people! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
Linda Farmer 7/4/22 12:22 PM I write in my capacity as a member of the Lakewood City Council and as the sponsor of both the 2021 and 2022 Pride Proclamations for the City of Lakewood. I encourage members of the Pierce County Council not only to pass this resolution but to do so with gusto. People are people and love is love. It should go without saying that we as elected officials represent and respect all of the people we serve, but unfortunately discrimination and hate are still rampant even in 2022, even here in beautiful Pierce County. As elected officials it is our job to create protections for the people we serve. All of them. A proclamation won’t magically fix our equity problems, but it will show that elected leaders in Pierce County acknowledge and lift up a marginalized community that has faced untold hardship. Members of my family identify as LGBTQ+ and I will do everything in my power to see that the road ahead is not as difficult for them as the road behind has been. I call on you to do the same.
Sally Perkins 7/5/22 8:10 AM I support the PRIDE Month proclamation. Every Council member should sign it. You have talked in the past about symbols that are "unifying." The beginning of "unifying" is inclusion, not exclusion. If you hear from community members opposing the Proclamation, then this is your opportunity to help people understand why the symbols of inclusion are so important. Please pass this Proclamation unanimously. Thank you.
Andre Jimenez 7/5/22 9:29 AM As a member of the County's Equity Review Committee I strongly urge you to pass Resolution No. R2022-98. If our Council and Executive truly seek to create safe and just communities this is one concrete step towards that ideal. Choosing to ignore the continued threats, harassment and violence this community faces is a policy choice, and a dangerous one. Please pass this resolution and follow it up with actions that show you support safety for ALL of Pierce County's residents.
Nikki Bufford 7/5/22 9:50 AM As a Fircrest resident and longtime Pierce County resident I strongly support this proclamation. I ask and encourage all Councilmembers to support this proclamation and the LGBTQ+ community.
Amy Young 7/5/22 10:23 AM I urge Councilmembers to support this legislation in support of our LGBTQ+ community members. Let's model the kind of inclusivity and visibility we hope other communities adopt.
Tim Duggan 7/5/22 10:33 AM As a straight CIS man, I strongly support this proposal to declare July Pride Month in Pierce County.
Michael Berry 7/5/22 10:42 AM I urge the Council to pass this legislation in support of our LGBTQIA+ Pierce County residents. Everyone deserves to feel welcome and safe in Pierce County.
Pat McGregor 7/5/22 10:58 AM Living in Tacoma and Pierce County, recognition matters, especially when you have been dismissed and discrimated against your entire existence. Our LGBTQ+ community deserves not only to be recognized and celebrated, but most importantly, valued. Please pass this proclamation and let our PRIDE community know they are valued and seen.
Greg Walker 7/5/22 11:08 AM I wholeheartedly support this council resolution to show our support and compassion for LGBTQ community members who have been marginalized and mistreated for so long. Recognizing Pride is the absolute least we can do, but it's a start.
Jacob Cowan 7/5/22 11:32 AM As a resident of Pierce County I support this resolution. Please continue to support the LGBTQIA+ community.
Marc Rieke 7/5/22 12:22 PM 7/5/22 To the Pierce County Council: My name is Marc Rieke and my husband, Paul Kelsay, and I live at 1033 Sunrise Lane, Fircrest 98466. We appreciate the Council's consideration of the Pride Month Proclamation, and we express our support for it. As gay men, both my husband and I have experienced in various ways the anxieties and realities of discrimination, exclusion and reprisal because of our sexual identities. We've known the pain of strained or distanced relationships with family members and people who we thought were friends and the shame of needing to hide who we are. For far too many years being gay impacted our professional careers and unnecessarily influenced where and how we lived. Our experience has been shared by countless others over the generations, and the struggle and challenges continue. To this day, there are parts of our country, and certainly our world, where it would be inadvisable - even dangerous - to be openly gay or transgender. Many individuals remain closeted out of fear. Repression initiatives and instances of unfair and unlawful discrimination persist in the United States and around the globe. LGBTQ people are nearly four times more likely than non-LGBTQ people to experience violent victimization, and suicide rates of LGBTQ youth are significantly higher than among the general population. My husband and I often take long walks together in the Fircrest community, and when we do, we're usually holding hands. This is more than just a sign of affection. It is that. But to us it's also a decision to be purposefully and fully present, authentic and visible in the world in a way that we hope is positive and constructive. We want others to see that and know that it's OK to be exactly who were created to be, and to love exactly who you were meant to love. Our sexual and gender identities aren't something we choose. They're given to us at birth. However, the way we live into our given identities and claim them is a choice. Paul and I choose to be supportive, participating members of the community in which we live. We choose to know and show care for our neighbors. We love our family and friends. We work hard at our jobs, keep our home well, support causes we care about philanthropically, pay our taxes and vote. And we do all of those things as an openly gay married couple. We want others like us to have the chance to make the same choices. We're grateful for all those who've fought for representation, inclusion and legal protections for LGBTQ individuals over the past 50 years. We're thankful for the strides that have been made and most notably for the equal access to marriage under the law. But there's still work to be done. And that's why this proclamation matters – why it's important. It's another step forward – for the LGBTQ community, for couples like us and for the city we love. It acknowledges and gives visibility to an important component of our citizenry. It honors those who've struggled to claim who they truly are, and those who've fought for LGBTQ rights. It sends a clear message that Tacoma/Pierce County is a place of welcome and inclusion and a place that rejects unfair discrimination. It helps pave the way for others and signals hope and support to those striving to come out. It opens opportunities for dialog, understanding and collaboration, and empowers LGBTQ allies. For these reasons, we ask the Council to affirm the proclamation. Thank you.
Angie Thompson 7/5/22 12:25 PM As a resident of Tacoma, I strongly urge the council to support this proclamation supporting the LGBTQ+ community
Jodi Franks 7/5/22 12:37 PM Thank you, so much, for your declaration recognizing PRIDE in Pierce County. As a youth growing up in Pierce County, I witnessed constant bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, and non-gender-conforming youth, and I am relieved that we are taking a stand against this kind of behavior and working to make Pierce County a welcoming place for all people.
Dr. Samuel Snoek-Brown 7/5/22 12:48 PM I am a cishet man, and I am a passionate ally and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. It is LONG past time that Pierce County recognize Pride, both as a celebration of our LGBTQ+ neighbors and the PRIDE we all should feel in the diversity and inclusivity of our community. Please vote YES on this proposal.
Sharlett Mena 7/5/22 2:34 PM I’m Sharlett Mena, a community organizer and resident of South Tacoma. I’m writing in strong support of this legislation to recognize July as Pride Month. While we live in one of the most inclusive states in the nation, we are also living in uncertain times. With the U.S. Supreme Court recently revoking
Sharlett Mena 7/5/22 2:53 PM I’m Sharlett Mena, a community organizer and resident of South Tacoma. I live in Pierce County Council District 6. I’m writing in strong support of this legislation to dedicate July as LGBTQ Pride Month. While we live in one of the most inclusive states in the nation, we are also facing political uncertainty and extreme threats to our personal freedoms. Additionally, members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to face disproportionate rates of discrimination and hate crimes. LGBTQ+ youth continue to make up a disproportionate number of children impacted by homelessness and suicide. Our government has more work to do in establishing a truly inclusive environment. Recognizing July as Pride Month sends a clear message to LGBTQ+ members of our community: “We see you, and we celebrate you.” Importantly, it also serves as a reminder of the work we still have to do, together. Thank you for considering this legislation and working to build an inclusive Pierce County for all. We must to do so in both words and deeds. I urge you to pass this legislation.