Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Hillsborough commission unanimously repeals ban of gay pride recognition
A book display recognizing Gay and Lesbian Pride Month was taken down in June 2005 at West Gate Regional Library (Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System) after some library patrons complained. Hillsborough Commissioner Ronda Storms spearheaded a resolution to seek a county policy banning public library displays that promote Gay Pride and Lesbian Pride Month.
The Florida Library Association passed a resolution on July 21, 2005 not to hold any official meetings in Hillsborough County until commissioners rescind the policy.
On June 5, 2013 the resolution was repealed. The 7-0 vote on Commissioner Kevin Beckner's proposal ends an eight-year ban on Hillsborough County recognizing gay pride or supporting related events. The decision was met with applause and a standing ovation from supporters in the audience at County Center.