The Santa Maria City Council recognized June 2020 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month at its Tuesday meeting.
The City Council is encouraging all residents and business to respect the entire community and build a culture that strives for equity and equality for all people.
The month of June commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969 which protested the discriminatory criminal laws at the time. Those laws have since been declared unconstitutional.
Pride celebrations have taken place around the country every June. This year marks the 51st anniversary of this point in history.
The City Council said the proclamation was brought forward because Santa Maria has a diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community, and is committed to supporting visibility and dignity.