Snovalley Pride Accepts King County Pride Proclamation

Greg Jamiel, Founder of Snovalley Pride, proudly accepted the King County Council Pride Proclamation on behalf of Snovalley Pride, and all the amazing organizations doing incredible work to keep our LGBTQ+ community safe.
Feel free to watch the video on this page, or read his speech below.

“Hello Everyone,

It is a honor and a privilege to accept this Pride Proclamation on behalf of Snovalley Pride, and the many Pride organizations in King County that are doing incredibly powerful and important work to protect, uplift and strengthen our communities. King County, has been a leader of progress and inclusivity, and today’s Proclamation reaffirms our collective commitment to equality.

Pride Month is more than a celebration; it is a powerful reminder of the progress we have made and the work that still lies ahead. It is a time to honor those who have paved the way for us, often at great personal cost, and to recognize the vibrant diversity within our community.

But the work is not done. This year alone, the ACLU is tracking 522 anti-LGBTQ+ bills across the country, 6 of which are right here in Washington. We have the City Council of Newcastle, refusing to issue a Pride Proclamation, after doing so for the past four years. To the LGBTQ+ residents and visitors to Newcastle, while your City Council is not willing to recognize you, please know that our county does. I proudly accept this Proclamation on your behalf today.

This is why it is crucial for LGBTQ+ citizens to vote and run for local office, because representation matters. Local offices are where decisions directly impacting our daily lives are made. When Queer individuals hold these positions, they bring firsthand understanding of our challenges and perspectives to the table. Diversity in leadership is essential for fostering inclusive policies and advancing equality.

Every elected LGBTQ+ official serves as an inspiration of possibility, showing younger generations that their identities should never limit their ambitions. They bring authenticity to governance, offering insights that can lead to more compassionate and equitable decision-making.

To our allies, thank you for standing beside us. Your support amplifies our voices and strengthens our resolve. To the LGBTQ+ community, this proclamation is a celebration of you—your stories, your struggles, and your triumphs. It is a recognition of your invaluable contributions to the fabric of our society.

With the current challenges our community faces, it is inspiring to see the massive turnouts at Pride celebrations around our county, our State, and the country. Our community is turning out and standing up for our safety, visibility, and healing. We are seeing this change firsthand in our rural communities where we have shown that in Carnation, and the Snoqualmie Valley, you are safe, welcome and celebrated!

As we move forward, let us remember that Pride is not confined to a single month; it is a lifelong commitment to visibility, equality, and justice. Let us continue to advocate for those who are still fighting for their rights, and let us build bridges of understanding and acceptance.

In this spirit of unity and hope, we dedicate this proclamation to every individual who believes in a future where love and acceptance prevail. May we always be guided by the important principles of courage, solidarity, and the unyielding belief that everyone deserves to live their truth with dignity and joy.

I’d like to express my personal thanks to our District 3 Council Member, Sarah Perry, for her consistent support of Snovalley Pride, Pride Across the Bridge, and the many other nonprofits in District 3 making life better for our residents.

Thank you to the King County Council, for this beautiful recognition. Together, let us forge ahead with hope in our hearts and a vision of a brighter, more inclusive tomorrow.

Thank you so much, Happy Pride!”

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