Background:

COVID-19 has created an environment of fear, social isolation, and an unexpected impact on our mental health, even more so for the vulnerable members of the community.

The LGBTQ Commission of San Mateo County is inviting all cities and towns in San Mateo County to support the LGBTQ community by recognizing Pride Month (June 2020). Because of Shelter-in-Place and adherence to social distancing, the suggestions we provide to you are simple and intended to bring visibility to your city and for your LGBTQ residents. This visibility allows LGBTQ residents to know that they are seen and that they are important. During this time of social distancing, these simple acts of visibility create a deeper sense of connection and inclusion for everyone in the community.

OPTIONS TO SHOW YOUR VISIBILITY!

The recommendations include, but are not limited to, the following options:

  • Raise the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag for the month of June

The LGTBQ Rainbow Flag has been part of the LGBTQ movement since 1978, designed by Gilbert Baker at the request of Harvey Milk (the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States).  The LGBTQ community and allies use the Rainbow Flag as an outward symbol of their identity or support.  Including the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag highlights that your city is a leader in the fight for equal rights, and that you will continue to protect and expand the rights of everyone in your area.

  • Pride Month Proclamation

Another key step your city can take to support LGBTQ residents is to issue a proclamation declaring June 2020 as Pride Month.  A template proclamation can be found here.  The formal proclamation for the entire County of San Mateo will be presented at the June 2 Board of Supervisors meeting. Members of the LGBTQ Commission and Pride Initiative and staff of the Pride Center would make themselves available to accept your proclamation.

  • San Mateo County Pride Celebration

We also invite you to join us for the 8th Annual San Mateo County Pride Celebration, now a virtual week of programming (June 8-12) with a closing event on Saturday June 13, 11AM-2PM.  More details will be forthcoming here

  • Rainbow Flag symbol on your City website

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      • A Short History of Pride posted on your website:

      Please feel welcome to use the content in quotations or use the downloadable image (History of Pride) that we have created already for you. 

      History of Pride image


      “The month of June was chosen for LGBTQ+ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, which occurred on June 28,1969.  In San Francisco a similar riot had taken place two years before at the Black Cat Tavern, and 

      years before at the Compton Cafeteria (SF), in 1966. Same-Sex intimacy was illegal, there were routine riots in gay bars and arbitrary arrests.  It was common for people to lose their jobs if outed.  The community was getting fed up.  Rev. Elder Troy Perry, Morris Knight and Bob Humphries founded Christopher Street West in Los Angeles, CA to advocate for gay rights. One of their first events was a march in LA, declared “Christopher Street Liberation Day.” It was a march for justice, a political protest. That same day people marched in San Francisco and held a ‘gay in’ in Golden Gate Park.  There was n

      o going back, and people worked tirelessly for years to gain equal protections and rights.  In 2015 Same-sex marriage was finally recognized across the United States. Today there is a growing celebration of the LGBTQ+ people who live and work in our communities.”
      Content provided by Rev Terri Echelbarger, Many Journeys MCC & LGBTQ Commission of San Mateo County

      • List of County LGBTQ organizations with links to their websites posted on your website

      Behavioral Health & Recovery Services: https://www.smchealth.org/bhrs
      Office of Diversity & Equity: https://www.smchealth.org/office-diversity-equity
      Coastpride: https://coastpride.org/
      Pride Initiative: https://www.smchealth.org/pride-initiative
      San Mateo County Pride Center: https://sanmateopride.org/
      Outlet, Adolescent Counseling Services: https://www.acs-teens.org/what-we-do/outlet/
      LGBTQ Commission: https://lgbtq.smcgov.org/

      As part of supporting the local LGBTQ community in San Mateo County, we are happy to support your city’s efforts and ask that you contact us with any questions or if you need help with these recommendations. The LGBTQ Commission meets monthly (now virtually) on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30PM. Access information, agenda and contact information on the LGBTQ Commission website (http://lgbtq.smcgov.org)  --we welcome your attendance and look forward to your partnership in supporting the LGBTQ residents of San Mateo County!