Mayor Richard Strick issued an historic proclamation yesterday recognizing and welcoming LGBTQIA members of the Huntington community.

“I, Richard Strick, Mayor of the City of Huntington, do hereby recognize and welcome the unique dignity and diversity of all Huntington residents, and in particular our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual friends, neighbors and family members,” Strick wrote in the proclamation, “and I encourage all people in our City to practice gracious hospitality and unusual kindness towards one another in celebrating diversity while promoting inclusion and equal protection under the law, and I further encourage people to join our efforts to root out discriminatory policies and practices toward any culture, race or group.”