Michigan Senate recognizes June as Pride Month for the 1st time

    Michigan Pride, June 15, 2019 | Susan J. Demas

    The state Senate on Thursday adopted a resolution to recognize June 2021 as LGBTQ Pride Month — the first time in Michigan history.

    “The rebellions, legal challenges and the visibility of LGBTQ people you know and care about finally led to the symbolic, yet incredibly significant first-ever recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month from the Michigan Legislature,” said Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), the first openly gay senator in Michigan.

    It’s not the first time the resolution has been proposed, however.

    Moss introduced similar resolutions in 2019 and 2020, but the resolutions were not adopted.

    “I am proud to be visible here in the Senate — the first person to ever share the voice of our LGBTQ community at this podium,” Moss said. 

    Legislation to expand LGBTQ rights gets GOP support in House, Senate 

    The resolution, Senate Resolution 60, had bipartisan sponsorship with Sens. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) and Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) both signing on. The resolution also had 15 Democratic co-sponsors. 

    An identical resolution, House Resolution 122, is expected to be introduced in the House soon by Rep. Tim Sneller (D-Burton).

    Bills that would ban LGBTQ discrimination in jobs and housing also have bipartisan support in the House and Senate, but they have not received votes.

    June was first recognized federally as Pride Month in 1999 by then-President Bill Clinton. President Joe Biden formally declared June as Pride Month on Tuesday.

    In June 2019, Whitmer flew rainbow Pride flags from the Romney Building in downtown Lansing, where her executive office is located — the first time pride flags have been displayed on the executive office building. 

    Allison Donahue
    Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.