CNMI proclaims June as Pride Month in the Marianas

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Press Secretary Kevin Bautista emphasized that the reopening of the CNMI will be public health and stakeholder-driven.

The CNMI Office of the Governor has proclaimed June as Pride Month in the Marianas.

Kevin Bautista, Press Secretary for the Office of the CNMI Governor, says that this is the first time ever that the CNMI Office of the Governor held a proclamation ceremony virtually, and what better way to accomplish a first than to proclaim the month of June as Pride Month.

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“This month, June 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of the LGBTQ+ Pride traditions in the United States. In 2016, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres became the first Governor in CNMI history and in the Pacific region to proclaim Pride Month in the Marianas,” Bautista said.

Meanwhile, one of the key members of the movement in the CNMI — Jonathan Cabrera — also spoke about significant events and policies that recently impacted the community.

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“A little over a week ago, the Trump administration eliminated non-discrimination protections for transgender people in the area of healthcare and health insurance, which were originally enacted in the Obama administration. On the same day, many in the LGBTQIA plus community remembered the 49 people who were killed in a mass shooting 4 years ago at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida,” he said.

Three days later, the Supreme Court released a decision that protects LGBTQ persons from workplace discrimination — which only meant a roller coaster month for LGBTQIA Plus people,” Cabrera added.

Bautista said: “This year, within the context and shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, Pride events around the world take on a deeper meaning —connecting the causes of racism and discrimination with love, justice, and equality for all.”

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Louella Losinio
Louella Losinio is PNC's managing editor. She was a former reporter for the Marianas Variety (Guam Edition) and the Guam Daily Post, former editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Pacific Island Times,. As a freelance writer, she has contributed content to various regional and local publications such as the Marianas Business Journal, Guam Business Magazine, The Guamanian, and Island Times. Aside from her decade-long experience in the media and print industry, Louella has experience in technical writing, education, and nonprofit management.

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