Salina, Kan. Declares June LGBT Pride Month
Two years after a divisive public referendum led to repealing discrimination protections based on sexual orientation, Salina's mayor has signed a proclamation declaring June LGBT Pride Month in the city.
Mayor Aaron Householter signed the proclamation Monday celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.
The proclamation said LGBT youths are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, and nine out of 10 LGBT youths report harassment at school.
The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1p4yH3n ) that in 2012, a citizens group collected about 2,500 signatures seeking a public vote to repeal protections that had been approved for the city's anti-discrimination ordinance. The repeal was approved by 54.2 percent to 45.8 percent.
The city's second Gay Pride Salina parade is planned for June 28.