2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 14, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Zamarripa, Spreitzer, Anderson,
Barca, Berceau, Bowen, Brostoff, Considine, Crowley, Fields, Genrich,
Goyke, Hesselbein, Hintz, Kessler, Kolste, Mason, Meyers, Milroy,
Ohnstad, Pope, Riemer, Sargent, Shankland, Sinicki, Stuck, Subeck, C.
Taylor, Vruwink, Wachs and Zepnick, cosponsored by Senators Carpenter,
Bewley, Johnson, C. Larson, Miller, Risser, L. Taylor, Vinehout and Wirch.
Referred to Committee on Rules.
1Relating to: recognizing June 2017 as LGBT Pride Month.
Whereas, Wisconsin has a committed history of being at the forefront of 3
supporting equality for all its citizens; and
Whereas, in February 1982, Wisconsin made history when Governor Lee 5
Sherman Dreyfus signed the nation's first state law protecting lesbians and gays 6
from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations; and
Whereas, in the intervening years, tremendous advancements have been made 8
with respect to equitable treatment of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgender 9
(LGBT) persons both in Wisconsin and throughout the nation; and
Whereas, Wisconsin has elected the first openly LGBT member of the United 11
States Senate and the Wisconsin state legislature has four openly LGBT members; 12
Whereas, in June 2014, same-sex couples were legally able to marry in 14
Wisconsin, and the United States Supreme Court affirmed the equal right to 15
marriage for same-sex couples in all 50 states in June 2015; and
Whereas, despite these advances LGBT people continue to face discrimination 2
and LGBT youth continue to be at increased risk for bullying, substance abuse, 3
depression, homelessness, and suicide; and
Whereas, June has become a symbolic month in which LGBT people and their 5
allies have come together in various celebrations of pride; and
Whereas, recognizing Pride Month will help foster an atmosphere of inclusion, 7
acceptance, and celebration to the community; and
Whereas, LGBT individuals, along with their families, friends, and neighbors, 9
will be honoring Pride Month in cities and towns across the state, including 10
Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, La Crosse, and Superior; and
Whereas, the month-long celebration is an opportunity for all people in the 12
state to affirm their commitment to mutual respect and understanding; now, 13
therefore, be it
14Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That
the Wisconsin 15
legislature recognizes the month of June 2017 to be LGBT Pride Month.