Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Charles D. Baker

Whereas LGBT Pride Month, came to be to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969; and
Whereas the LGBT Community has fought tirelessly for equality and inclusivity; and
Whereas Massachusetts continues the tradition of public demonstration, as well as to offer numerous other events intended for everyone to enjoy and to celebrate who they are, in a safe and fun environment; and
Whereas the Commonwealth has witnessed milestones for the LGBT community including the enacting of anti-discrimination laws regarding employment, adoption, health care, and the historic Massachusetts Supreme Court decision as the first state to legalize marriage among same sex couples; and

Whereas the Commonwealth is proud of the meaningful, long-lasting impacts the LGBT community has made and the contributions it has brought to Massachusetts’ rich and diverse history and culture; and

Whereas the Commonwealth joins the LGBT Community in a celebration of diversity and unity; and

Whereas the Commonwealth remains committed to treating all people with fairness and respect,

Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the month of June 2017 to be,

Pride Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this Seventh Day of June, in the year two thousand and seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and fortieth.

By His Excellency               

Charles D. Baker
Governor of the Commonwealth

Karyn E. Polito
Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts