Target: City Council of Porterville, California
Goal: Acknowledge the LGBTQ population as an important part of the community.
The mayor of Porterville, Virginia Gurrola, recently officially recognized the LGBTQ population in the city as part of the community. However, two weeks later, the City Councilmen announced publicly that they do not approve of this proclamation and are even trying to rescind it. It is important not to let this happen. LGBTQ people need the support of smaller communities, because they are more often negative towards the LGBTQ population.
Virginia Gurrola signed the proclamation on June 4 during a City Hall meeting. The announcement simply states that the City of Porterville recognizes the LGBTQ population as part of its community for its contributions. The proclamation also recognized Pride Month for the first time. While it is customary that the rest of the City Council signs the proclamation, it is not required. Moreover, the City Councilmen publicly announced recently that they do not approve of the proclamation and that they will try to rescind it.
While the LGBTQ communities in big cities are more widely accepted and can even organize LGBTQ-related events, such as Pride Month, those living in smaller communities often face discrimination more. LGBTQ people in smaller communities are subjected to discrimination more often, because of the tight knit populations there and less support. The City of Porterville is making an important step toward ensuring a more LGBTQ-friendly environments and showing an example that can be applied to small cities nationwide.
Sign the petition below to support the Mayor of Porterville and urge City Council Members not to rescind the Pride Month proclamation and acknowledge the LGBTQ population as an important part of the community.
Dear City Council of Porterville,
The Mayor of the City of Porterville signed a proclamation recognizing the LGBTQ population as part of the city’s community. This was done fairly and legally in order to celebrate the LGBTQ people with the first Pride Month. The proclamation should be recognized as such and respected as the Mayor’s decision to acknowledge all of the city’s community.
I urge you not to rescind the proclamation. Acknowledge the diversity in the city’s population and support your Mayor’s kind and thoughtful announcement.
[Your Name Here]
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