ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley released a statement following the vote by the Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution drafted by Supervisor Foley and Supervisor Sarmiento to proclaim June 2023 as “LGBTQ+ Pride Month.” This comes after the Board majority voted to ban the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag from all County Property one week ago today.
“For the first time in history, the County of Orange formally added LGBTQ+ Pride month as an official County-recognized occasion,” said Supervisor Foley. “Based on the abhorrent rhetoric by several public speakers, we know hate continues toward the LGBTQ+ community. This nasty rhetoric does not reflect the values of most Orange County residents. The Orange County Human Relations Commission reported an increase of 83 percent in hate incidents towards LGBTQ+ individuals in 2021, highlighting the importance for representatives to support our LGBTQ+ neighbors.”
“I’d like to thank Supervisor Vicente Sarmiento for standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community as we continue to fight towards equality,” added Supervisor Foley.
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Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2022 to represent the newly established District 5, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, a large portion of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel. This is her second term on the Board of Supervisors, where she previously served District 2.
Supervisor Foley’s Board appointments include the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), OCFA Legislation & Public Affairs Committee Chair, Orange County Transportation Authority, Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA), TCA Joint Environmental Committee, Coastal Greenbelt Authority, Newport Bay and South Orange County Watershed Executive Committees, Ocean Institute, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Community Engagement Panel, Spent Fuel Solutions Coalition Co-Chair, Law Library Board of Trustees, Orange County Housing Finance Trust, Local Agency Formation Commission (alt), Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and OC Public Libraries Advisory Board.