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Prince William supervisors approved Pride month proclamation

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The Prince William County Board of Supervisors on June 26, 2018, for the first time approved a Pride month proclamation. (Photo by Ted Eytan; courtesy Flickr)

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for the first time approved a Pride month proclamation.

The proclamation was approved by a 5-3 vote margin.

Three Republicans are among those who supported the proclamation. Chair Corey Stewart — the one-time chair of President Trump’s campaign in Virginia who is running against U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in November — voted against it.

The Prince William Times reported Supervisor Frank Principi, a Democrat from Woodbridge who introduced the proclamation, described the county as “a forward-thinking, compassionate, thoughtful community and is ready to respect all of our residents, including those whose sexual orientation and gender identity fall within the LGBTQ community.”

The Prince William County School Board last year added sexual orientation and gender identity to the district’s nondiscrimination policy.

State Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), who is the first openly transgender person seated in any state legislature in the U.S., represents portions of Prince William County in the Virginia House of Delegates. Roem last November defeated then-state Del. Bob Marshall, an anti-LGBT Republican who had represented the 13th District since 1992.


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