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Longview mayor, PFLAG group reach agreement over gay pride celebration

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Longview Mayor Jay Dean. (Source: City of Longview) Longview Mayor Jay Dean. (Source: City of Longview)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A group called Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has reached a satisfactory agreement with the Longview mayor over their festival, set to take place June 21.

PFLAG will meet at Heritage Square on Methvyn and Green in Longview on June 21 for the city's first Pride Fest, and had asked Longview Mayor Jay Dean to issue a proclamation regarding the celebration.

Mayor Dean declined to sign a proclamation, but said, "As members of your organization gather to celebrate at Heritage Plaza in Longview, I want to extend my greetings and welcome on behalf of myself and the City of Longview."

Dean also said that he believes it is vitally important to acknowledge the diversity in Longview, and that everyone has the right to feel safe and to be free from discrimination.

Representative of PFLAG, Vik Verma, said the group feels that it is a good compromise, and although it isn't exactly what they were hoping for, they have an attitude of gratitude for Mayor Dean's support.

The letter reads as follows:

June 21, 2014

Longview Chapter of PFLAG,

As members of your organization gather to celebrate at Heritage Plaza in Longview, I want to extend my greetings and welcome on behalf of myself and the City of Longview.

I recognize that Longview is a very diverse community representing a broad range of residents who all call Longview home. Likewise, I recognize that the Longview’s LGBT community is a diverse group including individuals from all walks of life including doctors, lawyers, police officers, nurses, construction workers, and professionals of all types.

As Mayor, I believe it is vitally important that we acknowledge this diversity. I also believe we must mutually acknowledge our shared rights under the law. We all have the right to feel safe, to live without the fear of harassment and persecution, and to not be discriminated against. As a community, it is our responsibility to work together to create an atmosphere that provides for the well-being of all.

I wish you and your event well as you gather in Longview.

Regards,

Jay Dean, Mayor

City of Longview


The event will take place June 21 from 5-9 p.m. and will have vendor booths, food and entertainment.

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