Joseph Mancuso, PIO GIP Fellow
In a resolution passed June 18 and read by Commissioner Daniel, the Dallas County Commissioners Court declared June 2013 to be an official month of Pride for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The Pride month is intended to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Riots, which sparked the liberation movement for the LGBT community. Dallas County is the only county in Texas to have enacted LGBT-friendly employee policies and health benefits, including a full-time liaison to in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department and a employee non-discrimination policy.
Commissioner Daniel lauded the County for being inclusive and protecting the rights of all, saying “Dallas County’s LGBT community has the right to feel safe and not live with fear of harassment and persecution.” She added, “Tolerance and acceptance is something we must all practice and teach future generations.”