As someone who grew up in Napa since second grade (1984), I (and many others) experienced firsthand the lack of visibility and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people here in our beautiful valley. I struggled with feeling isolated and unwelcome, and deep in my heart wanting to know I was okay--and not alone. I searched for signs anywhere--at home, at church, around town--that I was valued and that I belonged.
In recognition of LGBTQ Pride month, June, and the thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people that call Napa their home or their favorite vacation destination--in recognition of the many contributions to our communities by LGBTQ people (both visible and invisible)--in recognition of their many straight allies, neighbors, friends and family--in recognition that the City of Napa values and welcomes diversity, I am asking that the City of Napa raise the rainbow flag over City Hall (or another prime, visible, City owned location) for at least one day during Napa Valley LGBTQ Pride, 2013: June 14-23.
What a powerful, hope-giving sign of support and welcome the rainbow flag over Napa would be!