Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, approximately 1,275,000 individuals currently have a spinal cord injury; and

Whereas Every year, approximately 200 people sustain an injury in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and

Whereas Spinal cord injuries can occur as a result of motor vehicle accidences, violence, falls, sport and industrial accidents; and

Whereas These injuries can cause a variety of disabilities, ranging from quadriplegia, a loss of movement in both the arms and legs, to paraplegia, the loss of movement and sensation in the lower body, to less severe restrictions of mobility; and  

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to minimize the devastating effects of spinal cord injuries among all Massachusetts citizens,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 19th, 2012,  to be

Massachusetts Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender 
Youth Pride Day

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, seventeenth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick                 
Governor of the Commonwealth      

Secretary of  the Commonwealth 

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts