This week is Pride Week, an opportunity for members of the LGBTQ community and allies to celebrate love and tolerance.
Since day 1, Mayor Lovely Warren has fought to make Rochester a tolerant and inclusive city, and has fought to end bigotry, bias and discrimination in all forms. She has raised the Pride flag outside City Hall in celebration after the Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage was legal, and in mourning after the tragic shooting in Orlando. Click here for the full story.
Warren is a member of the national group Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination.
One of her first actions as Mayor was to ensure transgender city employees had proper access to health care, and she has worked with Assemblyman Harry Bronson to fight for GENDA in the state Legislature. Click here and here for the full stories.
For three consecutive years, the City has gotten a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which praised Rochester for its non-discrimination laws, providing services to LGBTQ youth and those living with HIV/Aids, and having a strong relationship with the LGBTQ community. Prior to the Warren administration, the City was faulted for not having transgender-inclusive health benefits and not enough services and programs for the LGBTQ community.
Mayor Warren has also fought to end the HIV/AIDs epidemic, partnering with Trillium Health to raise awareness of preventative care. Click here for the full story.
She also strengthened the Police Department’s protocols for dealing with the LGBTQ community. Click here for the full story.
Under Mayor Warren’s leadership, the City has increased funding for the annual Pride festival, and she also began funding Black Pride, which celebrates LGBTQ citizens of color.
And she stood alongside members of the LGBTQ community as they mourned the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.
“Rochester is the home of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, so the fight for equality is nothing new to us. As an African American woman and the child of an immigrant, I am keenly aware of what discrimination feels like, and equally aware that it has no place or part in the “American Dream.” As Mayor of Rochester, I am proud to continue our city’s tradition of fighting for equality for all or our citizens, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or for any other reason. No citizen should be denied access to jobs, safe and vibrant neighborhoods or quality educational opportunities simply because of who they are. In Rochester, we stand with our LGBTQ citizens because we are one community that is united and strengthened by our diversity.” -Mayor Lovely Warren
For more information on Mayor Warren’s LGBTQ platform, visit: