JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist declared June Pride Month during a special press conference event at city hall Monday morning.
In a special proclamation, the Mayor urged all residents to join in ending prejudice everywhere and to respect and advocate for the rights of all while celebrating diversity in the city.
Sheridan Smith, a local pride supporter and Peer Specialist with the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, says on National Coming Out Day, October 11, the pride group and Fenton History Center will be hosting a campaign to document “coming out stories” from around the county.
“You can give your story to them (the Fenton History Center) to keep and display if you want, but you can also give your story to be displayed in a certain amount of time,” explained Smith. “There stories are very personal and sometimes it is something you want to share immediately, sometimes it is something you want to share after the pain isn’t going to sting so much.”
Smith says the Fenton History Center will then put some of the stories on display part of a new exhibit.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers were looking to hold the city’s first pride festival this summer.
The Mayor’s proclamation is posted below:
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