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Morris County proclaims June 2021 Pride month

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Morris County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution this week proclaiming June 2021 Pride Month that recognizes vital contributions made to the nation and county by LGBTQ+ individuals and encourages inclusion of all people in our society.

The resolution was adopted unanimously by the board during their first public meeting in June.

“We wish to celebrate and encourage diversity, acceptance, and inclusion within our community, and we include the LGBTQ+ community by proclaiming June as Pride Month. Equality, respect, and inclusion are for everyone, and it is an attainable goal,” said Commissioner Kathryn DeFillippo, the board liaison to Human Services planning.

“But the need for education and awareness is vital to end discrimination, bias and prejudice — and specifically this resolution tonight is for the LGBTQ+ community. So we ask our Morris County community to embrace these principles, and together foster a warm and hospitable place for all, irrespective of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” she added.

The proclamation:

Pride Month 2021 Resolution

Whereas, the Morris County Board of County Commissioners recognizes that the pursuit of equality, respect and inclusion for all individuals is an attainable goal; and

Whereas, all human beings should be equal in dignity and rights, and no one should live in fear or face persecution and violence due to their sexual orientation or gender identity; and

Whereas,  the County of Morris celebrates and encourages diversity, acceptance and inclusion within our community and supports the self-affirmation, equality and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and

Whereas,  LGBTQ+ individuals have made and continue to make vital contributions to our county and nation, including cultural, scientific, political, civic, educational, economic, and in many other areas; and

Whereas, it is essential to acknowledge that the need for education and awareness remains vital to end discrimination, biases and prejudice; and

Whereas,  the County of Morris calls upon residents of our community to embrace this principle and work together to foster a warm and hospitable place for all to live; and

Whereas, celebrating Pride Month influences awareness and provides support and advocacy for Morris County’s LGBTQ+ community, and fosters dialogue to build understanding and acceptance and advance equal rights for all Morris County residents.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, by the Morris County Board of County Commissioners, in the State of New Jersey, that June 2021 be proclaimed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Plus (LGBTQ+) Pride Month in Morris County and that our residents continue to respect all fellow human beings, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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