For the first time in history, the LGBTQ+ pride flag was raised at the Edward J. López State Land Office building in Santa Fe. It was raised on June 28th to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots and in celebration of last Saturday’s Santa Fe Pride Parade, which marched on Old Santa Fe Trail, directly in front of the Land Office, on the route to the Plaza. On June 1st, Commissioner García Richard released an updated State Land Office seal that incorporated the pride colors to reflect Pride Month.
“In New México we celebrate diversity and we honor the struggle and sacrifices made to get us this far. It is thanks to those who stood up at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969 that LGBTQ+ New Mexicans have the protections that they do today,” Commissioner García Richard said. “At the Land Office, we work hard to raise money for our state so that all New Mexicans can have a better education, better access to
“In New México we celebrate diversity and we honor the struggle and sacrifices made to get us this far. It is thanks to those who stood up at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969 that LGBTQ+ New Mexicans have the protections that they do today.”
Stephanie García Richard, Commissioner
healthcare and public institutions that make their lives a little easier. If the presence of the pride flag at the Land Office makes even one person feel a little safer and more welcome, then we have done our small part.”
The pride flag was donated to the Land Office by Equality New México, the state’s oldest and largest LGBTQ+ advocacy organization.
“It is a great day to make history, as we honor the movement that brought us to where we are. Today, New México’s trans and queer communities have some of the strongest protections in the U.S., and it is because our state values diversity and uniqueness,” EQNM Executive Director Adrian Carver said. “For the longest time, the majority of people leading our government tried to write us off and tear us down. Now, we have government officials all over New México, including Commissioner García Richard, elevating trans and queer people, our history, and our diversity as the asset that it is.”
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