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Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, in a City Hall ceremony commemorating Lesbian and Gay Pride and History Month, honored the Coalition of Lesbian and Gay City Employees by declaring June 20th Out in Government Day. The Coalition of Gay and Lesbian employees was founded in 1992 and is open to all current and former employees of the City of New York in all areas of City government, including elected officials and retirees from city service.
Accepting the proclamation from the Mayor were Judy Ramos, acting Co-Chair of Out in Government and an employee of the Department of Transportation, and David Warren, a Board Member of Firefighters Lesbian and Gay and a civilian employee of the New York City Fire Department. The Mayor also presented Certificates of Recognition to Sue Murray, a member of the New York City Police Department, and Thomas Ryan, President of Firefighters Lesbian and Gay and a member of the New York City Fire Department. Christopher Lynn, Commissioner at the Tax Appeals Tribunal, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
"In light of the recent passage of the New York State Hate Crime's Bill, gays and lesbians have an additional reason to celebrate," Mayor Giuliani said. "I want to thank the members of the State Senate for taking the initiative to pass this important piece of legislation which will increase penalties for those who are accused of hate crimes. This legislation is an important step in our efforts to end crimes against lesbians and gays."
"I also want to thank the organizers of the Coalition of Lesbian and Gay City Employees for their efforts to bring people together. And I want to thank you all for the hard work you do every day as City employees for the people of New York."
June is Lesbian and Gay Pride and History Month in New York City. This year marks the 31st Anniversary of the birth of the gay rights movement at the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village.