ALFRED - The York County Commission has declared June 2023 Pride Month, after passing its first ever pride proclamation this week.
County Commissioner Justin Chenette, who represents Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, and Buxton, introduced the measure. Chenette is the first and only openly LGBTQ+ member of the commission and also serves as Vice Chair.
“We are at an inflection point in this country. Personal and legislative attacks against members of my community are more and more frequent,” says Commissioner Chenette. “It’s critical that those of us who are on the side of human decency and freedom from discrimination are heard over the voices of hate that are currently being amplified. This proclamation demonstrates York County’s commitment to treating everyone with respect and our commitment to standing with the LGBTQ+ community.”
The proclamation passed 3 to 2, with Commissioners Chenette, Dutremble, and Clark in support, while Commissioners Andrews and Ring voted against the measure.
Details of the proclamation include using Pride Month to ‘engage in dialogue to strengthen alliances, build acceptance, and advance equal rights’.
This follows similar action by the White House, State of Maine, and various municipalities also recognizing Pride Month.