Recognizing struggles and celebrating success. Wilton Manors has officially recognized Pride Month ahead of this weekend’s Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival.
During the city commission meeting, Mayor Scott Newton read a proclamation recognizing the struggles of the LGBT+ community, which reads, “...unfortunately, many places around the globe are not as open-hearted, as LGBTQ+ people face ridicule, persecution, arrest, and punishment as extreme as death.”
It also lauds Wilton Manors’ progressive history, which includes action to prevent bullying, being the first city to permanently display the Pride flag, electing the first all-LGBTQ city commission, and recognizing Harvey Milk Day each May.
As CEO of the Pride Center, Robert Boo accepted the proclamation saying, “This year, it seems really different. Our community is under attack by our own elected officials.” Boo continued, “I applaud, commend, and am grateful that this government is standing up for the LGBTQ+ community.”
Also recognized is a poster designed for this year’s Pride and Stonewall celebrations. Wilton Art and Equality Florida commissioned artist Enrique Cirino to create the artwork for this year’s Pride. “When they first called me to do this poster, the first thing I wanted was to tell a story that is a celebration,” he told the assembly.
The art is a colorful expression of Pride, struggles, and passions. The original is on display at Pride Corner Gallery. You can purchase one there for $20.