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June is Pride Month in Bend. This month, and every month, the city of Bend stands with the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, and asexual (2SLGBTQIA+) community as they declare their Pride in who they are and whom they love. We call upon the people of Bend to recognize the achievements of our local queer community, to celebrate the great diversity of our community, and to wave their flags of Pride high.

Last Saturday, many of us city councilors were at the Pride celebration in Drake Park working the city booth and enjoying the event with our families. We saw positivity and inclusion, but what really stood out to us were the large number of families and young people who felt free to be who they are without judgment and hate. The newly painted rainbow crosswalk was celebrated and became an impromptu photo spot. One parent wrote online that the crosswalk will make her transgender children feel seen and safer. Others told us in person they hoped it would remain year-round as a symbol of the city’s support for our queer community.

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The Bend City Council is Mayor Melanie Kebler and councilors Anthony Broadman, Barb Campbell, Ariel Méndez, Megan Norris, Megan Perkins and Mike Riley.

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