Buncombe County Commissioners kicked off June with a proclamation recognizing Pride Month during its meeting on June 7. Accepting the proclamation was County Information Technology Technician Cata Bulai, stating, “I’d like to take the opportunity to acknowledge Buncombe County’s ongoing efforts to make sure its policies represent all citizens, including the LGBTQIA+ community.”
The proclamation reads in part: “It is important to take time during this month to reflect on the LGBTQIA+ rights movement and the important progress being made. More than 35,000 of our neighbors in Western North Carolina identify as LGBTQIA+, and recent survey at UNC-Asheville revealed a third of students don’t identify with conventional binary, heterosexual stereotypes. LGBTQIA+ individuals across the United States, including those who live in our local community, continue to face hate and discrimination simply for being who they are and for who they love. There remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every person.”
You can read the entire proclamation here.