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Resolution RS2020-393

A resolution recognizing Monday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020 as “Nashville Pride Month,” celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities and their enormous contributions to the quality of life in Nashville and Davidson County, and further recognizing the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parades, and Nashville's part in the 5th Anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling allowing marriage as important milestone events for the LGBTQ Rights movement.

WHEREAS, Our Pride Encompasses Nashville (Nashville Pride) has been a strong advocate and supporter of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities throughout Middle Tennessee and is celebrating Nashville Pride in the city of Nashville; and

WHEREAS, the city of Nashville is honored to welcome members of the LGBTQ community and their allies to celebrate a very special and important event honoring the diversity, inclusion, and history of the pride and LGBTQ rights movement; and

WHEREAS, the Nashville Pride celebration and movement continues to grow and celebrates inclusion as a necessary ingredient to making Nashville and the United States truly diverse. Nashville Pride has grown immensely and is now one of the largest public weekend festivals in Middle Tennessee, reminding us to embrace what makes each individual unique and to use those qualities to change the world for the better; and

WHEREAS, this June marks the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Early on the morning of Saturday, June 28, 1969, LGBTQ persons rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar at 43 Christopher Street in New York City. The Stonewall Riots took place over six days and galvanized LGBTQ political activism, leading to the formation of several gay rights organizations and serving as an important milestone event in the LGBTQ Rights movement; and

WHEREAS, this June also marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parade events. The organization Chicago Gay Liberation organized its first annual Gay Liberation March on June 27th, 1970 that ended at Chicago's Civic Center, which is sometimes recorded as the first Gay Pride Parade. The June 27th, 1970 Chicago Gay Liberation March was part of a groundbreaking "Gay Week" of organized events throughout Chicago including an official Gay Dance coinciding with demands that same-sex couples be allowed to dance together, which at the time was illegal even in private establishments. A much larger march took place in New York City the next day on June 28th, 1970, the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and was named the "Christopher Street Liberation Day March" in honor of the location of the Stonewall Riots the year earlier. On the same day a "Christopher Street West" March was held in Los Angeles on Hollywood Boulevard, which required intervention by the American Civil Liberties Union and an order by the California Superior Court in order to obtain a march permit and leading this event to become the first legally permitted Pride march or parade. Another event was held that day in San Francisco. These initial Pride Parade and march events continued to grow and evolve each year after 1970 in these and increasing numbers of cities and communities throughout the United States and other countries, usually but not always occurring during the month of June; and

WHEREAS, Nashville’s first Pride parade took place in June 1988, with 125 individuals meeting at Fannie Mae Dees (Dragon) Park and walking through Vanderbilt University and across West End Avenue to Centennial Park. The parade promoted self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, and increased the visibility of LGBT persons as a social group to build community; and

WHEREAS, on June 26, 2020 the Nashville LGBTQ Community will celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges that recognized marriage as a fundamental right that is guaranteed by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, as first established in the 1967 landmark civil rights case of Loving v. Virginia; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper to recognize Nashvillians William Harbison and Abby Rubenfeld who began with a 2013 lawsuit, Tanco. v. Haslam, asking Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples who had legally wed in other states and then moved to Tennessee and carried their petition from a U.S. District Court in Nashville, through a federal appellate court, to the highest court in the land. Along the way, they endured losses, setbacks, and countless late nights of unpaid, unglamorous toil. And that morning in June 26, the gavel fell, settling the question of whether the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry; and

WHEREAS, the 2020 Nashville Pride Festival in-person gathering that had been scheduled for June 27th and June 28th at Public Square Park has been postponed this year amid COVID-19 public health directives in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of our entire community, and instead the Nashville Pride organization has developed and promoted innovative "virtual" Pride At Home events through which community members everywhere can celebrate and share in Nashville Pride Month events together; and

WHEREAS, the city of Nashville would like to thank the Nashville Pride Board of Directors, Working Groups, Sponsors and all of the volunteers for their continued support and commitment to the mission of Nashville Pride over the past 32 years.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing Monday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 30, 2020 as “Nashville Pride Month” in Nashville, celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities and their enormous contributions to the quality of life in the City of Nashville and further recognizing the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Marches, an important milestone event for the LGBTQ Equality movement.

Section 2. That the Metropolitan Clerk is directed to send a certified copy of this Resolution to the Nashville Pride Board of Directors.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Emily Benedict, Nancy VanReece, Brett Withers, Russ Bradford, Zachary Young, Colby Sledge, Gloria Hausser, Bob Mendes, Ginny Welsch, Bob Nash, Sean Parker, Jeff Syracuse, Sandra Sepulveda, Dave Rosenberg, Delishia Porterfield, Freddie O'Connell, Thomas Cash, Sharon Hurt, Burkley Allen, Kyonzté Toombs, Jennifer Gamble

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedJune 16, 2020

AdoptedJune 16, 2020

ApprovedJune 17, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 06/29/2020 4:58 PM