(CORPUS CHRISTI) – Mayor Joe McComb issued a proclamation today at City Hall declaring October 1-31, 2020, in Corpus Christi as LGBT History Month. Mayor McComb presented the proclamation to the Mosaic Project of South Texas (MPST) President Tom Tagliabue and Board member Sofia Jimenez.

The Mayor’s proclamation declares “The City of Corpus Christi is proud to be an inclusive city for everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”  Further, it encourages Corpus Christi residents to join together in honoring the trailblazers who helped pave the way for LGBTQ rights and visibility in the ongoing fight for equality and champion respect, dignity, and equality, to celebrate the great diversity of our community.

“This proclamation means a great deal to LGBTQIA+ residents of Corpus Christi,” said organization President Tom Tagliabue. “COVID prevented the normal observance of PRIDE Month in June, so it is significant for Mayor McComb and the City to recognize the value of LGBTQIA+ individuals and the contributions we make to the quality of life in Corpus Christi. Observing LGBTQ+ History Month is a great way of educating the community and encouraging everyone to work together to promote equal protection of all.”

The year 2020 marks the 15th anniversary of LGBT History Month, which was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school teacher Rodney Wilson as an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.  Wilson’s vision for the informative and celebratory month was to give educators the opportunity to teach students about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, history, and events, which played a significant role in creating positive school climates for LGBT students.  LGBT History Month is a now month-long celebration specific to Hungary, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Greenland, and the city of Berlin.

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