California will officially recognize June as LGBT Pride Month thanks to legislation signed today Gov. Jerry Brown.
The bill, AB 2969, requires the governor to annually make the proclamation. It will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.
“California has the largest LGBT population of any state in the union, and the state is home to over 40 LGBT Pride celebrations each year,” Assemblyman Evan Low, the bill’s author, said in a statement.
Nationally, June is recognized as LGBT Pride Month. LA Pride hosted the nation’s first, permitted Pride Parade on June 28, 1970.
The bill is co-authored by the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, where Low is chair.
The Caucus was established in 2002 to present a forum for the State Legislature to discuss issues that affect LGBT Californians and to further equality and justice for all people.
California the first state in the country to recognize an official caucus of state legislators who identify as LGBT.