June is expected to be officially proclaimed LGBT Pride Month in Carmel for the first time at the June 7 city council meeting.
Carmel City Councilor Miles Nelson will read the proclamation from Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard during the meeting. June was first proclaimed Nationwide LGBT Pride Month by President Bill Clinton in 1999.
Nelson, the first Democrat elected to Carmel’s council, said he approached Brainard, a Republican, about the recognition of LGBT Pride Month and that they had worked together and obtained input from others to write the proclamation. Proclamations, unlike resolutions and ordinances, are not subject to a vote of the council.
“I hear a lot more from my constituents and community members saying this was something that was very important to them, and very important to me,” said Nelson, who represents the West District.
The proclamation declares that Carmel “is a community that aspires to be a place that allows everyone to flourish, prosper and enjoy a high quality of life” and “a place of tolerance, understanding and respect. mutual “and that” everyone should be able to live without fear of prejudice, discrimination, violence and hatred based on race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.
“It’s a clear message to the LGBTQ community that Carmel is open and understanding,” he said. “We want them to thrive here.”
Nelson said he hopes members of the local LGBTQ community will attend the council meeting, which is set for 6 p.m. at City Hall, to hear the proclamation read.
“It’s probably something they’ve been waiting for,” he said. “I want to share with them the feeling that Carmel is a great place to live, and that will only make it better.”
Nelson has said he would like to see additional steps taken to support Carmel’s LGBTQ community in the future.
“(The proclamation) is a start,” Nelson said. “I hope we have a parade or something like that next year to support the LGBTQ community.”