LGBTQ-plus groups recognized

(From the Guam Legislature)

Guam – A legislative resolution was presented this morning to various organizations for their work in commemorating June 2019 as “LGBTQ Pride Month.”

Presented by Senator Regine Biscoe Lee, Resolution No. 150 recognized the Guam Pride Committee, Guam Pride, Inc., the Guam Visitors Bureau, ISA LGBT Guam, Guam’s Alternative Lifestyle Association (GALA) and House of Diosa.

The groups were recognized for their ongoing work in promoting the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community of Guam.

Joining Senator Biscoe-Lee for the presentation were Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes and Senators Wil Castro, Sabina Flores Perez, and Amanda Shelton.

Also present was former speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz who helped present the resolution.

Accepting the certifications on behalf of their respective groups were: Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio representing the Guam Pride Committee; Lasia Casil representing Guam Pride Inc. and ISA LGBT Guam; Atty. Bill Pesch and Flo Mesa representing GALA; and Wilhelmina Diosa representing House of Diosa.

In his remarks, Lieutenant Governor Tenorio recognized former Speaker BJ Cruz describing him as a trailblazer in Guam’s LGBTQ-plus community. Cruz was also the first Chief Justice who was openly gay.

Tenorio also said that despite all the progress that has been made through the years, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to advance LGBTQ and battle discrimination.

“Now is the time to continie to stand together and to celebrate where we are but also to stand together and push back for any movement to take away the rights and protections that we have as Guamanians and Americans,” Tenorio said.

The whole month of June is celebrated as LGBT Pride Month and many pride events are being held this month to recognize the contributions of the  LGBT community.