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Rockford declares June as Pride month

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara announces June as Pride month in the city on Tuesday’s city council meeting. (Photo from the Tom McNamara for Mayor FB page)

ROCKFORD — Rockford is declaring June as Pride month. 

The announcement was made Tuesday night at the city council meeting. A similar announcement was made at the Rockford Park District’s monthly meeting.

“Tonight at City Council, I was proud to proclaim next month Pride Month for the first time in our city’s great history,” Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said in a Facebook post. “This proclamation for June, presented to members of PFLAG Rockford Chapter, celebrates the accomplishments of our LGBTQ+ community and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the gay rights movements across the US.”

The city of Rockford said in its own post that the designation was made by a coalition of groups and agencies including the local PFLAG chapter, the City of Rockford, the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Rockford Park District and local business. Events to celebrate all parts of the LGBTQ community are planned throughout the month.

“This is the first time Rockford has officially designated and celebrated Pride Month,” said Go Rockford President/CEO John Groh in the city’s post. “The coalition and many partners have planned a great lineup of events taking place throughout the month of June. Full details can be found at www.rockfordpride.com.

(H/T PFLAG Rockford)

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