June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and More (LGBTQ+) Month. The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently proclaimed the month to recognize LGBTQ+ members as a vital part of the community.
The month is set aside for the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate its civil rights history and to educate the public about the discrimination members of the community face, such as inequitable service gaps and restrictions to resources due to past legal discrimination.
The Virginia Values Act of 2020 recognized LGBTQ+ people as a protected class. The Prince William County Human Rights Ordinance prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, marital status or disability, and now, sexual orientation and gender identity, in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit.
Recognizing the month also encourages the wider community to see LGBTQ+ individuals as valued members of society and to celebrate freedom from discrimination, tolerance and justice for all County residents and visitors.