June Pride month was kicked-off by the Adams County Board of Commissioners and the Adam Pride committee with a celebration at the Adams County Government Center main entrance on Tuesday, June …
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The Adams Proud committee, in honor of Pride Month put together some LGBTQ history:
1969: The Stonewall Inn Riots, also known as the Christopher Street Liberation Day, ignited the modern LGBTQ rights movement in New York City.
1970: "Gay Pride" was adopted as a guiding principle in the LGBTQ movement and the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) was founded as a gender non-conforming activist organization.
1975: In Colorado, the Boulder County Clerk issued marriage licenses to several same-sex couples based on advice from the Boulder County Assistant District Attorney.
1978: The first rainbow flag was presented as a symbol for LGBTQ rights, replacing the pink triangle and the Greek lambda symbol.
1987: NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was first displayed in Washington DC with nearly 2,000 panels to memorialize victims of the HIV virus. Today, more than 35 million people have died of HIV.
1999: The transgender pride flag pride was presented by Monica Helms at the first Transgender Day of Remembrance and June is first recognized as Pride Month by President Clinton.
2013: Gender Identity Disorder (GID) was reclassified as Gender Dysphoria in Version 5 of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) by the Psychiatric Association.
2015: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, overruling a 2006 Colorado Constitutional Amendment that limited the definition of marriage.
2018: Colorado began issuing driver's licenses, IDs, and birth certificates with a non-binary (X) sex identifier and Colorado elected Jared Polis, the first openly gay governor in the U.S.
Adams County Commissioners were joined by dancers and the Adams Pride committee to kick off Pride month June 14 at the Adams County Government Center.
Event organizer Freedom Roath, Outreach and Education Liaison with the county, said it's a true community event.
"We are bringing our community partners and resources from the area into our events and making sure that we have a lot of representation from other community partners so that there are lots of things to do, on top of our concert and their activities," Roath said.
Adams County's Pride celebration continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at Riverdale Regional Park with a ticketed concert at 7 p.m. with Todrick Hall and Vincent.
"We are very excited to have them here. They're both very big queer icons and performers that we're excited to see," Roath said.
Adams County Public Works Director Brian Staley, another member of the Adams Proud committee, noted that the county has recognized Pride Month before.
"It's not the first proclamation for Pride Month but definitely our the first Pride festival sponsored by the county," Staley said
Focusing on foster family
The June 14 kick-off started with a short presentation by Commissioner Emma Pinter, who spoke about national statistics on LGBTQ children in foster care nationally. All states do not track the data the same way, she said.
"Nationally, about 30% of youth in foster care that identify as LGBTQ plus and 5% as transgender, in comparisons to 11% and 1% respectively of youth not in foster care," Commissioner Pinter said.
More than a 39% of these youths are required to leave their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, she said.
Staley said that the Adams Proud committee handles equity issues across the organization and is employee-driven.
K.P. Longton, a foster parent coach for Adams County children's and family's division, said the county has received two awards from the national Human Rights Campaign in 2020: One was the "You Are Welcome Here" seal that certified the division as an LGBTQ welcoming and affirming agency. The other seal certified the county as an "Innovator in Support and Serving LGBTQ Youth and Families."
The June 14 presentation was followed by a dance performance by ArtistCO dance company with food and refreshments.
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