Tuesday marked the start of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in Broomfield, following a proclamation declared in late May.
The proclamation was designed to demonstrate Broomfield’s dedication to “fostering inclusion of all its residents and preventing discrimination and bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” the council memo states.
Mayor Pro Tem Guyleen Castriotta read the proclamation at the City Council meeting May 25.
“Whereas, the city and county of Broomfield’s LGBTQIA+ community are a vital part of Broomfield and contribute and inform a stronger community,” the proclamation reads. “And whereas, Broomfield is dedicated to fostering inclusion of all its residents and preventing discrimination and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and family makeup.”
The diversity of ethnic, cultural, racial, gender and sexual identities strengthens the city and county and contribute to the “vibrant character and integrity of our city,” according to the proclamation.
“It is imperative that all people in the community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, feel valued, physically and psychologically safe, empowered and supported by their peers, educators and community leaders, and whereas, Broomfield has made a commitment to advancing the equitable treatment of all residents as a welcoming community, we recognize the importance of upholding the truth that LGBTQIA+ rights are human rights,” it reads.
After the proclamation was read, Councilwoman Heidi Henkel said she couldn’t be more proud of Broomfield.
“While I’m a Christian, our faith-based communities have a lot of work to do to truly love and embrace out LGBTQ community,” she said, later adding, “This is a holistic view of who Christ intends us to love more thoughtfully and fully.”