WHEREAS, on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s West Village, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community took a nearly-unparalleled move against political, social, legal, and police oppression, resulting in the Stonewall Riots and Rebellion; and
WHEREAS, these LGBTQ community members – many of whom identified among the most oppressed and marginalized members of society, including transgender people, people of color, homeless people, sex workers, and young people – mustered the courage and conviction to stand for the most cherished human values of freedom and liberation; and
WHEREAS, LGBTQ people across the United States first commemorated the Stonewall Riots and Rebellion with the first Christopher Street Liberation Day March on June 28, 1970; and
WHEREAS, each annual commemoration of these landmark riots has thus inspired continued movement toward equality and inclusion, as well as the annual Pride festivals and parades celebrated around the world today, including celebrations and commemorations of World Pride here in New York City this year on June 30; and
WHEREAS, the LGBTQ community will come together in solidarity to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and Rebellion in 2019; be it
RESOLVED, we, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), recommit ourselves to the timeless values of universal equality which uphold our movement toward LGBTQ liberation; be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT continue to encourage LGBTQ awareness and inclusivity in all New York City Public Schools; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and Rebellion by hosting a reception on June 20, 2019 at the UFT headquarters and that the UFT will encourage its members to participate in local pride marches.