The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted 5-3 on Tuesday to recognize June 2019 as LGBTQ Pride month in a resolution offered by Supervisor Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge.
Principi was joined by supervisors Victor Angry, Maureen Caddigan, Pete Candland and Marty Nohe. At-large Chair Corey Stewart and supervisors Ruth Anderson and Jeanine Lawson voted against the resolution.
For the second year in a row, the county acknowledged June as Pride Month, Principi said.
The board voted after 22 people spoke in favor and no one spoke against the resolution.
Aaron Edmond, who ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic Primary for Occoquan District supervisor, spoke in favor of the resolution.
"This is a matter of life and death," Edmond said.
School Board member Lillie Jessie, who represents the Occoquan district, also spoke in favor of the resolution.
"The gay community shouldn't have to hide," Jessie said.