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The Village Board recently approved the Community Relation Commissions recommendation to recognize various heritage celebration months, starting with LGBTQ Pride Month in June. On June 1, the Village displayed the Pride flag at various locations and placed rainbow-colored pinwheels in the front lawn of Village Hall that residents are encouraged to take home to display in their lawn as a sign of support of the LGBTQ community.
Mayor Shapiro will present a Pride Month Proclamation at the June 6 Board meeting to a Deerfield-based PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) group that has been meeting in the Village for more than 25 years.
Then, on June 18, it’s Pride Day at the Deerfield Farmers Market! LGBTQ community groups will have crafts and information while members of the Community Relations Commission hand out more of the rainbow pinwheels.
Residents can also join the Deerfield Library for year two of Queer Poem-a-Day, a special daily podcast series for Pride Month, featuring a recording of a poem written and read by a contemporary LGBTQIA+ poet for each day of June. It is presented with support from the Deerfield Fine Arts Commission and the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Find out more about participating poets and read and hear their poems here. Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and educator Lisa Hiton, and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at DPL.
As part of the new heritage celebration month initiative, the Village is also performing a comprehensive edit of the Municipal Code to remove outdated wording. For example, the Mayor and Trustees use default male pronouns in the code, despite just having a woman as mayor for 12 years and a Village Board comprised of 50 percent female Trustees at the moment. Policeman will be changed to “Police Officer” and outdated references to those in the disabled community will be removed.