By Corinne Murdock |
Gov. Katie Hobbs hung four “Progress” Pride flags from the governor’s office on the first day of Pride Month.
The Progress Pride Flag is an expansion of the traditional rainbow Pride flag: it includes light pink, light blue, and white to represent transgender individuals, and black and brown to represent people of color.
Hobbs said that LGBTQ+-identifying individuals brought “light and energy” to the state.
“I will continue to work alongside you until we have an Arizona where everyone, no matter who they are or who they love, has the safety, freedom, and opportunity to truly live their authentic lives,” said Hobbs.
Pride Month can be traced back to the first Pride marches held in late June, 1970 on the one-year anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, or Stonewall Riots, in Manhattan, New York. The uprising consisted of six days of riots in response to a police raid on a gay bar in Manhattan, New York. At that time, states widely prohibited homosexual relations. Activists commemorated the week-long riots with marches in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
In Hobbs’ campaign platform, the governor promised to enact anti-discrimination policies that explicitly banned LGBTQ+ discrimination in housing, education, adoption, foster care, insurance, public accommodations, and credit procurement. Hobbs also promised to ban law enforcement profiling based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Hobbs’ first executive order prohibited gender identity discrimination in state employment and contracts.
In a March event with One N Ten, a pro-LGBTQ+ advocacy organization, Hobbs served as the honorary chair. The governor pledged her allegiance to LGBTQ+ individuals.
“It’s been a long time coming to have an ally for the LGBTQ+ community in our state’s highest office. So let me say this loudly, clearly, and unequivocally: with me as Governor, you have one,” stated Hobbs.
One N Ten advances LGBTQ+ ideology in both minors and young adults, ages 11-24. They offered a peer support program to gender transitioning patients from Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
In April, Hobbs vetoed SB 1005, which prohibited a court from granting attorney fees, expenses, or damages to a governmental entity or official concerning a parent’s lawsuit alleging that the entity or official interfered with their right to direct the upbringing, education, health care, or mental health of their child.
Hobbs stated in her veto letter that the bill didn’t protect parental rights but rather removes the consequence for frivolous lawsuits. The governor chastised Republican legislators to “turn down the temperature and rhetoric” to produce solutions.
“Across the country and here in Arizona, schools and teachers have been maligned by bad actors who spread baseless theories, seeking to create conflict with teachers, school boards, and administrators,” said Hobbs. “Parents, acting in good-faith concern for their children, are often caught up in the middle of these conflicts.”
This wasn’t the first year that Hobbs used her state office to display LGBTQ+ paraphernalia. Last year while secretary of state, Hobbs’ administration hung a Pride Flag and waved a transgender flag from their office balcony.