There’s something of a historic event that will take place at the Guilford County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Thursday, June 6.  For the first time in history, the board is going to pass a resolution honoring LGBT pride month – recognizing June 2024 as “Pride Month” In Guilford County.

In the past, the county – unlike the Greensboro City Council– has stayed completely away from issues involving the LGTB movement, so this is something of a milestone for the board.

The resolution to be adopted Thursday begins, “Whereas, Guilford County supports the rights of every citizen to experience equality and freedom from discrimination; and Whereas, the County accepts and welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and believes a diverse population leads to a more vibrant community; and Whereas, Guilford County recognizes that all people, regardless of age, gender identity, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenges, make significant contributions to the cultural and economic successes of this community….

“Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Guilford County Board of Commissioners recognizes June 2024 as Pride Month in Guilford County and encourages all residents to respect and honor our diverse community, and to participate in relevant activities that build dialogue, strengthen alliances, and advance the equal rights of all individuals.”

The resolution also states that every Guilford County citizen should be able to live “without fear of prejudice and discrimination” and also that county residents should continue to seek to raise their awareness of issues that champion the civil rights of all people regardless of their skin color or sexual orientation.

Guilford County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston said this week that District 6 Commissioner Brandon Gray-Hill requested that the resolution be put on the agenda for the June 6 meeting.