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LGBT Pride Month will be recognized in California

LGBT Pride Month

California will officially recognize June as LGBT Pride Month thanks to legislation signed today Gov. Jerry Brown. Photo: LPETTET/iStock

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.

The bill was supported by Equality California and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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