Manitou Springs will likely continue its tradition of charging forward where Colorado Springs politicians fear to tread, with a proclamation in support of the LGBT community tomorrow.
You'll remember that Colorado Springs City Council — President Scott Hente and President Pro Tem Jan Martin excepted — refused to issue a proclamation supporting Pride Fest again this year. Then they refused to issue a proclamation condemning hate crimes after a group that included two gay members of the armed forces was brutally attacked in what appeared to be a bias-motivated crime.
Mayor Steve Bach has been equally resistant to any proclamations about the LGBT community.
Manitou, however, apparently isn't so shy. Here is a small part of Manitou Springs City Council's "Resolution Celebrating Diversity, Equality and Respect for All People" (which is expected to pass a vote):
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the City Council of the City of Manitou Springs, Colorado, That: Manitou Springs be known as a City that celebrates the contributions made by all of our residents to create a vibrant and welcoming community and recognizes the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community for a successful pride and diversity week.
Citizens are welcome to attend the event, which is at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Manitou City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue.
Charles Irwin, executive director of the Colorado Springs Pride Center, sent out the following message about the event:
Do you have a little time tomorrow night to witness something profound? Please join us at Manitou Springs City Hall at 7PM to show our support and appreciation to that great city!
The Colorado Springs Pride Center has been working with the City of Manitou Springs regarding an official statement on Equality. Those joint efforts will conclude tomorrow with the presentation of "A Resolution Celebrating Diversity, Equality and Respect for All People".
Tomorrow night, Council Bill #2811 / Resolution #1411 is sdchedued to be voted on by City Council and is expected to pass.
So now I am asking you to take a little time to visit Manitou Springs tomorrow night, maybe have something to eat, shop a little then drop into City Hall and witness this support for the GLBT community.
Colorado Springs Pride Center