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Kentucky Officially Declares June Pride Month, A First For Commonwealth

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For the first time in Kentucky history, the state is officially recognizing Pride Month. 

In a signing capping off the end of the month celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, Gov. Andy Beshear took pen to paper and made history – proclaiming June 2021 as Pride Month.

In a statement, the Democrat said all Kentuckians deserve “fairness, respect, dignity, and the right to be heard and the right to be who they are.”

Beshear was also the first sitting governor to attend and speak at an annual gay rights gathering at the Capitol in 2020.

In Lexington, Mayor Linda Gorton recognized Pride Month by unveiling updated rainbow crosswalks at North Limestone and Short Street. Due to recent COVID-19 restrictions, the annual Lexington Pride Festival will be held in September this year.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.