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Proclamation: Pride Season 2023

Whereas June is recognized in Canada as Pride Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of persons from the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and increase efforts to build awareness; and,

Whereas the Progress Pride flag is an important symbol of hope and acceptance for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and adults who continue to face stigma, discrimination, isolation and bullying in their home, workplaces and community spaces, simply for being who they are; and,

Whereas this stigma and discrimination puts 2SLGBTQ+ individuals at elevated risk of mental-health issues, substance abuse, homelessness and suicide; and,

Whereas the Town of Carleton Place acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of the 2SLGBTQ+ community to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of all Ontarians; and,

Whereas during Pride Month, we can all reflect on the progress made to recognize and protect the rights of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and the work that still needs to be done; and,

Now Therefore, I, Toby Randell, Mayor of Carleton Place, do hereby proclaim June 2023 as Pride Month in the Town of Carleton Place and encourage all citizens to think about what steps we can collectively take to make our community a safe and inclusive place for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.